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  1. Yeah, I definitely knew I was reaching and didn't expect to get what I was asking but figured I'd at least try and have them talk me down. Like I said, I had nothing to lose. Now that you spell it out, I guess it does come across as 10 weeks PTO/2 weeks CME for a 20 hr/wk employee. I was thinking 5 weeks PTO (including sick time)/1 week CME as if each week was 40 hours. I see how I calculated that wrong. Oh well, water under the bridge at this point. Live and learn. I agree it was a bit strange to have a blank slate with nothing to gauge where they were willing to start, hence the reason I posted here. I definitely got the impression that they were just feeling out the market and weren't necessarily going to move forward with an actual offer. I hope I at least made them realize that PAs aren't as cheap as some people think!
  2. Just wanted to give a quick update. I requested $75/hr + 10% collections quarterly bonus, 200 hrs PTO yearly, $2500 CME + 40 hrs CME, 401k, and licenses paid for. After a few days I received an email saying they decided to look for a physician to fill their needs instead. No attempt to negotiate at all. Don't know if it was because of the high salary request or another reason, but I did find it kind of strange they didn't even attempt to bring me down. I, of course, offered to discuss it further if they changed their minds or if they wanted to discuss the benefits of hiring a PA vs another physician. I figured I might as well shoot high as I had nothing to lose (I'm a stay-at-home mom currently and we don't need me to go back for financial reasons, just sanity reasons). Ultimately, they will pay more for a physician so it's their loss but I'm still a little surprised with the quick no with them being so eager to see what I wanted. Something tells me they heard somewhere that they could get a PA for real cheap to make them lots of money. Exactly why we have to all collectively raise the standards. Thanks for the input everyone!
  3. Wow. Ok. I actually was initially going to ask much higher than $55/hr but I looked at the AAPA salary report and got really discouraged. It was looking like even $55/hr was a stretch, which I know it isn't, especially for a specialty ortho position. Do I also ask for all the other fluff above or just keep it simple with the basic pay, CME, licenses, pto?
  4. I recently interviewed with and was offered a part-time position with a private practice foot & ankle surgery group in Virginia. The job would be clinic only and no call. The exact schedule is to be determined at this point but I suspect somewhere close to 20 hours a week based on my availability likely to include some Saturdays. I have about 5 years of experience in general orthopedics, urgent care/occ health, and med/surg. This practice has not ever had a PA before but is very open to the idea and big on work/life balance. They essentially told me to take some time to write up my ideal hourly rate and benefits package and what I would want for a schedule. I haven't had much experience with part time compensation and benefits as I have only ever worked full time. What should I ask for? Do I need to adjust the benefits based on part time work? I want to make sure I set the bar high for any future PAs they work with but be reasonable at the same time. Here's what I'm thinking based on the 2015 AAPA regional and national salary reports (staying in the 50th-75th percentiles) and previous experience: $55/hr $2500 CME stipend, 40 hours CME PTO per calendar year Malpractice covered: occurrence or claims made with tail PTO (including vacation and sick time) 160 hours per calendar year (equivalent to 4 weeks) Maternity leave paid 12 weeks (though not sure how to calculate this for part time work. Based on 20 hour week? 40 hour week?) Bereavement paid 3 days NCCPA fees, State licensing , and DEA registration AAPA membership + 1 specialty membership Flexible spending account for healthcare (up to $2550) and daycare (up to $5k) Employer paid long term disability: 60% of income Employer paid life insurance: $50,000 Retirement: 3% of salary contributed to retirement by the employer regardless of employee contribution Crossfit gym membership (one of the partner docs owns a gym near me) (Don't need health insurance, got it through husband) Or should I just ask for a higher hourly rate with malpractice and tail and forgo the rest of the benefits? Did I miss anything important I should ask for? Thanks!
  5. Anyone have any experience working with Sterling Medical? I got offered a PRN job there as an employee providing a contracting job at a military hospital. I was going through the contract and there is a non-compete clause that they will not remove. Their claim (which they did put into writing in an email to me) is that it is meant that I cannot work at this specific location with a competing contracting company (though the contract does not explicitly say that, it states the city in general) and that many of their per diem employees have other employment concurrently. It also notes that the non-compete clause survives the expiration of the contract, which to me means that it is indefinite. I am going to go back to them requesting that if they truly did mean for it to be at this specific location that they put that into the contract. I can see how they might interpret that in what they currently have written but it can also be interpreted to mean anywhere which the city. Would it be sufficient to use the email as written proof if needed? I am getting a little suspicious, especially since they have been slow to answer my other questions regarding the job itself and there wasn't an interview process. I literally called to get some more information and they sent me a contract. I am a new mother looking to pick up multiple PRN jobs for weekend work when my husband can stay home with the baby. My husband is also active military so we will more than likely not be in this area forever but you never know with the military so I don't necessarily want to limit my options. As it stands the job otherwise fulfills our specific needs. I don't have any other job offers currently and my student loan payment is breathing down our necks. I am just looking to see if anyone else has worked for this company and if they had any problems because it seems a little questionable to me. Are there any other government contracting companies for PAs that anyone has used that they liked? I tried to search some but didn't have a whole lot of success finding many for PAs. Thanks!
  6. 5'0'' and 115 lbs female here! I work in the clinic and in the ortho OR and I do just fine. Yes, it is hard work sometimes but actually with some of the technology that we have today and all the new positioners, it's not as physically demanding as it once was. Don't get me wrong, even then I sometimes have to really throw all my weight into it but I do what I have to. It is great enticement to stay in shape though! I have found that I really love pediatric orthopedics and even the biggest kid is still manageable :)
  7. Hey guys! I'm looking for some feedback. I recently received an offer at an Orthopedic practice in Florida which I would like to counter but as this is my first time negotiating I want to make sure I am asking a reasonable counter offer. I have 2 years experience working a combination of ortho/neuro/general surgery/internal medicine floor work (no OR) at a hospital and I did an orthopedic elective rotation in school. The job would be Monday through Friday, hours varying depending on the day but generally ending clinic by 5 or 6 pm. No weekends, no holidays, no night call. I would first assist in the OR 2-3 mornings per week (and hence early 6-7 am mornings those days), with the afternoons dedicated to clinic. All the surgeries are outpatient so there is no hospital rounding. The expectation is to eventually get up to seeing somewhere around 20 patients in a half day (which after watching how the office functioned didn't seem as unreasonable as it sounds). The offer: Base salary $90K Incentive of 10-20% of quarterly collections over $60K Malpractice License fees 401K $1500 CME 3 weeks PTO (CME time included in this) Non-compete clause in orthopedics 1 year after termination (not a huge issue for me) I really like the physician and the atmosphere in the clinic. I also think it would be a great learning experience and the physician is very willing to teach. I would be the only PA in the practice. The biggest issue with the offer is that the physician has 3 office locations, one of which is almost a 2.5 hour drive one way. The other two locations are within a reasonable driving distance. I was hoping to not have to go to the farthest location but they said they definitely want me to go there once a week for first assisting and clinic. So that is a round trip 5+ hour commute one day a week. They did mention the possibility of giving me the morning off the day after that long day, but that is still up in the air. They are open to other suggestions I have in terms of making that commute work for me. I would love to hear any suggestions you guys have as to things I should ask for. I was considering at least additional PTO since I have family in the Northeast and would have to travel to visit during the holidays. Please let me know if there is anything you think I should ask for or anything you wish you would have asked for! Thanks!!!
  8. Hey guys! I'm looking for some feedback. I recently received an offer at an Orthopedic practice in Florida which I would like to counter but as this is my first time negotiating I want to make sure I am asking a reasonable counter offer. I have 2 years experience working a combination of ortho/neuro/general surgery/internal medicine floor work (no OR) at a hospital and I did an orthopedic elective rotation in school. The job would be Monday through Friday, hours varying depending on the day but generally ending clinic by 5 or 6 pm. No weekends, no holidays, no night call. I would first assist in the OR 2-3 mornings per week (and hence early 6-7 am mornings those days), with the afternoons dedicated to clinic. All the surgeries are outpatient so there is no hospital rounding. The expectation is to eventually get up to seeing somewhere around 20 patients in a half day (which after watching how the office functioned didn't seem as unreasonable as it sounds). The offer: Base salary $90K Incentive of 10-20% of quarterly collections over $60K Malpractice License fees 401K $1500 CME 3 weeks PTO (CME time included in this) Non-compete clause in orthopedics 1 year after termination (not a huge issue for me) I really like the physician and the atmosphere in the clinic. I also think it would be a great learning experience and the physician is very willing to teach. I would be the only PA in the practice. The biggest issue with the offer is that the physician has 3 office locations, one of which is almost a 2.5 hour drive one way. The other two locations are within a reasonable driving distance. I was hoping to not have to go to the farthest location but they said they definitely want me to go there once a week for first assisting and clinic. So that is a round trip 5+ hour commute one day a week. They did mention the possibility of giving me the morning off the day after that long day, but that is still up in the air. They are open to other suggestions I have in terms of making that commute work for me. I would love to hear any suggestions you guys have as to things I should ask for. I was considering at least additional PTO since I have family in the Northeast and would have to travel to visit during the holidays. Please let me know if there is anything you think I should ask for or anything you wish you would have asked for! Thanks!!!
  9. I'm starting to set up my rotations and I am looking for a family practice rotation in the Baltimore/DC area. I am out of state so my school doesn't have any affiliations with Baltimore/DC FPs but we are allowed to set up external rotations. I'm from the area and I'm hoping to move back after school. I've been looking up FPs in the area but it's hard to tell which are good or not. Does anyone have any suggestions for practices that were great learning opportunities? Or even FPs that you know of that are willing to take students? Thanks! :)
  10. I chose to live with two other girls in the program. You can find a nicer place for cheaper, carpool to school, and share the cooking. Not to mention the biggest benefit - automatic study partners at your fingertips 24/7! I must say, I am quite happy that I chose to live with other students in my program because I can't imagine staring at this stuff for hours on end without anyone to bounce stuff off of. There are a few people in my program who chose to live alone and are regretting it because they often have to search out people and make plans to study. Plus it never hurts to have someone there to give you a hug with you are hysterically crying after the first week and convinced you'll fail out :p There are several people in my program who are married and living with their spouses, some local and some commuting. The ones that are commuting say that it is tiresome to make the long commute to go home but that's the situation they are in and better make the best of it. They find it annoying sometimes to come back on the weekends to study with other students who are closer to campus. But, on the other hand, they usually have dinner/breakfast waiting for them and limited chores to do thanks to the spouse. I'm quite jealous and wish my fiance's job didn't require him to live so far away :p One guy in my program did room with a craigslist poster and he says it has actually turned out to be a good set up for him. I personally am a little skeptical about that because you never know what you'll get. I guess I would suggest having your spouse move down to school with you if that is an option . You will REALLY appreciate having your support system so close and you'll be able to study rather than spend time otherwise travelling to visit. If this is not an option, I suggest trying to connect with some of the other students in your program and see if anyone else would be interested in rooming together. My class literally just kept sending out emails saying "I don't know anyone, who wants to be my roommate?" and it has worked out for everyone so far. Good luck!
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