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  1. What Emed said. I wash my hands - soap & water, no hand sanitizers, after every pt encounter and before eating. In 5 years I've been sick & missed days 3 times: 2 were d/t GI issues that I probably got from patients, 1 from a kidney stone that I probably didn't catch from my patients.
  2. I've not done locums work, but have spoken to 2 firms: Weatherby and Barton. I was looking in the midwest and found that the hourly rate working locums was pretty much the same as what I could find for FT and PT positions in the same area: $65-80/hour. I actually found a better job working for a small independent EM company.
  3. Interestingly enough, I've evolved into this "script": Me: Mr/Miss Lastname, I'm Ohiovolffemtp, the night PA. I'll be taking care of you. (shaking hands in the meantime) Patient: Hi, how are you? (their typical polite response) Me: Fine, but I'm supposed to be asking you that question (said with a smile) Seems to work great.
  4. @mgar123: Yes, it does. Small company that treats us well. Good health, vision, and dental for my family at NO cost. Compensation 30% higher than my last FT job. Great work environment. 3% annual grant to 401K - without any employee contributions required - though we certainly can. Annual bonuses.
  5. 403B (similar to a 401K) retirement plan: "vesting" means when you are eligible to withdraw monies that are there. Vesting of your own contributions, i.e. money you put in, isn't much. A caution about "discretionary" employer matches: they don't have to put in anything if they chose not to for any reason.
  6. Any contract should be reviewed by an attorney familiar with employment law and employment contracts. They'll be familiar with the impact of different contract terms such as benefits, non-complete clauses, and rules about dispute resolution. In some cases you can find an attorney familiar with employment contracts for medical personnel.
  7. I've talked to docs who sit on credentialing committees. They've all said some version of "if you're in the business long enough, you will be sued". They're only concerned if there is a pattern, especially of successful suits against you.
  8. The thread about the impact of being sued ended with a question about employability after being sued. Here's my experience for N=1 data. I do EM. I was sued along with my attending and others. The plaintiff ultimately dropped the suit after they could only find 1 expert to support their case and our attorneys found many to support our actions. Since then I've gotten several PT and 1 FT job, including being credentialed at 2 different hospitals and licensed in another state. I had to mention it, but it was no barrier. The only place where it was a hassle was in getting a mortgage. The lender asked if I was a defendant in any lawsuit and gave me poorer terms, despite a letter from my attorney about the 1 million $ of medmal coverage and the dubious nature of the complaint. I wound up switching lenders.
  9. No PTO at my current job - never had any prior employers. I do EM. Currently, 10 12 hour shifts/month is considered full time and they're very flexible about scheduling, so it's not an issue. Their rationale - which is similar to what I've heard from other employers is that rather than reduce the hourly rate and give PTO, they just let folks manage their time off via scheduling. That's always been satisfactory for me. This employer is by far and away the best I've ever had.
  10. When I applied for my Indiana License their state medical board wanted both a copy of my diploma from PA school and an official transcript mailed directly from the school. They also wanted both my current NCCPA certification and my original PANCE score. They also wanted documentation of being in good standing from every other state in which I have a PA or paramedic license. However, neither my new employer nor the hospital chain wanted anything other than proof of licensure in Indiana.
  11. In SW Ohio it seems to be $55-60/hour for UC with the "minute clinics" a bit lower, e.g. $50-55.
  12. What he said: salary would only be appropriate for admin work. Any patient care needs to be hourly. Otherwise you'll be the easy and free resource to cover holes in the schedule.
  13. In SW Ohio and northern KY it tends to be about $55-60. The "minute clinics" tend to be on the low end.
  14. Yes, when I worked in UC I used to order decadron PO and was told that it had to be ordered IM. This was not because of any lack of awareness of the PO efficacy but rather to capture the billing for giving an IM injection.
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