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  1. This is amazingly helpful - thank you! I am glad I got you hear the different ways you were utilized in past positions because I am hoping to be a little more OR-bound and less rounds-heavy. The nice thing about this institution is there is another hospital in the same system with a team of CT surgery PAs so I’m hoping to get some orientation and harvesting training there and see how the PA workflow is in that institution. Thanks again for your thoughtful reply!
  2. Posted this to the surgery sub-forum but got no replies so I thought I'd try here: I've been in the peds cardiac world since I graduated so I'm a little out of touch with regards to the adult world... I am interviewing at an adult hospital who utilizes NPs for all clinic/floor work and RNFAs in the OR, and they now want to introduce a PA in the mix. The position will be heavily OR-based which is what I want, but I want to have a better idea of the workflow in the OR. I know vein harvesting is a CT surgery PA's bread and butter so I'm aware that I'll have to learn that skill but my question is,
  3. I've been in the peds cardiac world since I graduated so I'm a little out of touch with regards to the adult world... I am interviewing at an adult hospital who utilizes NPs for all clinic/floor work and RNFAs in the OR, and they now want to introduce a PA in the mix. The position will be heavily OR-based which is what I want, but I want to make sure they don't want me to just harvest veins all day and then do floor work/clinic. I know vein harvesting is a CT surgery PA's bread and butter so I'm aware that I'll have to learn that skill but my question is, timing-wise: how long does it take to
  4. I just started a new job and moved to a completely new part of the country with my husband and 18 month old daughter. We bought a house that needs work and my job takes a lot of studying/effort as it's my first surgical job, so I'm just a little busy at the moment. In addition to all of this, I'm up for recertification and it's my last year (didn't do it last year because I had a young baby, was busy applying/interviewing for jobs, and packing). I work in a pretty specific sub-specialty, pediatric cardiac surgery, so I am thinking a review course is the way to go. I don't see myself being able
  5. I am currently on the hunt for a new job and willing to relocate for the right one... my field is pretty specialized so geographically I am looking almost everywhere. I have 4-ish postings that I am interested in, each in a different state. I'd really like to avoid applying for a license in each state unless I get an interview. Is this an ok thing to do? And if so, should I put anything in my resume about it or just use my current license?
  6. Looking for opinions on how you handle certain job application issues... For a little background, I am an experienced PA - worked in my first job for 2.5 years and am currently in my second job for 1.5 years so far. Both are highly specialized - first was pediatric interventional cardiology (i.e. cath lab/EP) and second is pediatric cardiac ICU. I am on the job hunt as my husband and I would like to move back to Philadelphia (location of job#1), and I miss being in a procedural environment. Ok, now onto my questions: 1. When applying to a position, do you typically use a resum
  7. Sed, your point on working in CT surgery while pregnant is a good one, but by the time I actually start, it will only be for a few months before I'm due. When I worked in a peds cath lab, I stood for cases that often lasted 3+ hours, all while wearing lead, sometimes with 2 or 3 cases in a day. My days were long, it certainly was a stressful environment, and I was lucky to get a break to pee, scarf down some lunch, or take a sip of water - but I loved it. Every minute of it. I understand what I'm getting into (for the most part) and while that type of work environment might be difficult when I
  8. Wow, thank you all for such thoughtful replies!! I submitted my application yesterday so we'll see what happens... I'll keep ya posted! I am a person that tends toward "honesty is the best policy" so I certainly wasn't planning on not saying anything until I started... just wanted to hear people's thoughts on when the best time would be and how to be most tactful with the news. I like some of your advice on presenting it as more matter-of-fact, with a plan on how to be most supportive to my potential new employer. I think as far as timing, it will depend on how (or if!) the interview proce
  9. Hi all! Looking for some insight into a very specific situation... prepare yourselves, it's a little complicated haha. Just a little background on my career so far: My first job as a PA was a procedural sub-specialty (pediatric interventional cardiology, i.e. cath lab) I launched into after rotating there as a student. I fell in love with it and didn't want to waste any time getting experience in something more general if I knew what I wanted. I worked there for almost 3 years and for the most part, loved my job. What made me decide to leave was a combination of a few things: my husband an
  10. Hi all... I am looking for some advice on my resume and cover letter to send to a place that I would love to work but doesn't have very many postings for PAs. Just to give a little background on my situation, I have been working in pediatric interventional cardiology for 2 years now, which was my first position out of school. Since it is a specialty that is not very used to PAs/NPs, I have sort of had to fight my way in to let people know what I can and can't do as a PA. For the most part I love what I do (pre-cath H+P/orders, performing and assisting the cath procedure, and post-cath repor
  11. Hi all... I am looking for some advice on my resume and cover letter to send to a place that I would love to work but doesn't have very many postings for PAs. Just to give a little background on my situation, I have been working in pediatric interventional cardiology for 2 years now, which was my first position out of school. Since it is a specialty that is not very used to PAs/NPs, I have sort of had to fight my way in to let people know what I can and can't do as a PA. For the most part I love what I do (pre-cath H+P/orders, performing and assisting the cath procedure, and post-cath repor
  12. Thank you all for your help! I will be applying for a job at my current rotation for pediatric cardiology, but I will also be applying to other peds and peds sub-specialty postings. To Lissette (lizchao74) thank you so much for taking the time to go through it section by section - it was exactly the sort of info I was looking for. Would you mind taking a peek at my updated version? In response to your post, I don't know any other languages fluently and I haven't done any significant volunteer work or leadership stuff in quite some time, but I do have some memberships and certifications that I
  13. I was wondering if I could get some advice on my resume/CV... I am just about to finish PA school and since my rotations are really the most relevant thing for the jobs I'll be applying for, that's what I focused on. It's 2 pages right now and I could probably cut out the skills section to cut it down, but I'd like to know what everyone thinks about it as-is. I was also told that it's better NOT to put GPAs on my resume because no one cares about it, so I'd like to hear people's opinions on that. I'm also a member of AAPA and PSPA so I can add that if people think it would help. Anyway, le
  14. I've spent the past couple of hours combing the forums to find advice on this topic, but I wasn't able to find answers to some simple (and probably naive) questions. So I am in PA school and approaching graduation in August. My fiance and I have decided to move back to Buffalo, NY (we are currently in Philly for school) so I am limiting my job search to that area specifically. I am absolutely interested in pediatrics and will consider both inpatient and outpatient experiences, and I am torn about peds sub-specialties as I haven't had any exposure to them through rotations. Anyway, I haven'
  15. I would just like to point out that as far as National Health Service Corps goes, you should know that the scholarship is EXTREMELY competitive. There are levels of priority for scholarship recipients and top priority is if you come from an underserved area/ financial need. However, there is a loan repayment program which is less competitive (or so I have heard) and there are no priority levels (as far as I know). Definitely look into that and certain states also have loan repayment programs, so look into that too. I wouldn't let the debt freak you out... The way I see it, there are tons
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