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  1. I have worked in a rural critical access hospital for 5 years. I assist gen surgery, ortho, and OB/gyn in the OR. I also see family clinic pts and see pts in the wound clinic. When needed I see pts in general surgery and ortho surgery clinic as well. I got wound certified and recently underwent a certification for rad/onc and am available to help them when needed. I already make a very good salary. I would argue that with new certifications and responsibilities it should only increase my hourly rate. Am I wrong in thinking this or even asking for a raise for these extra qualificat
  2. Thanks for the reply. The only reason this patient has my number is due to belonging to the same church who has a roster with everyone’s phone numbers. I do not give out my number to patients. I guess I will need to delete my number from said roster. I will start working on those things listed.
  3. I do family medicine 4 days a week. What do you do if a patient has your number and texts you about worsening mental illness/suicidal thoughts. This patient now lives in a different state and says that they do not want to talk or see anyone else. Do you respond and work through it with them via text messages? Schedule A telemedicine visit? And this is happening while your on vacation? Just a current scenario I am in and would like some advise. Thanks.
  4. So I work in a small rural community hospital In Arizona that services maybe around 10,000, plus surrounding areas. My name is on all orders for Covid-19 testing for those who just walk in and want to be tested. Which means that the lab is calling me with all positive cases. Which in turn I call the patients and inform them of the result. There has been a lot recently. What are some things you are telling your patients when they test positive? Some pts have a lot of questions, which I sometimes have to deflect onto the health department. The county health department in my area calls al
  5. This is a private group contracted with 2 hospitals. They have one PA there now who has been out of school for one year. No weekends or call as of right now but that may change. I would love to ask for 200k but realize that won’t happen. They offered 115k with typical benefits. I said no thanks, and am countering with 140k with guaranteed increases till I am over 150k. I know my worth and am not hurting to leave my current job who actually sees my value and pays me for it. So we will see what they say. I fully anticipate losing this job opportunity. Am I pricing m
  6. I have been a PA for 5 years now in a rural critical access hospital. Amazing job but location is terrible for a family. I assist in general, OB/GYN and Ortho surgery, family clinic and wound clinic I have been offered a job doing IR in large city in Arizona. I am hoping to connect with other IR PAs to get an idea about compensation. I have a job offer but no salary has been negotiated yet. I am currently making around 180k and anticipate taking a hit to my income. This IR job will be full service...pretty much any IR procedure that a PA does I will be doing. So any IR PAs out there who can fi
  7. At a small critical access hospital in Arizona that employs 5 PAs. The hospital also utilizes many physicians that come into town that also bring their own PAs/NPs. We are all involved in wound clinic, family clinic, UC, and first assisting in the OR. We have never really had a voice at the hospital and are essentially left out of all meetings including meetings where PAs are discussed. We have many managers and physicians that we answer too on a daily basis, which can get very confusing. My question is...is there any good resources for getting PAs more involved and having a voice? Should
  8. Rural area in Critical Access Hospital. 3 years out of school. Base 120K 15 dollars per pt visit. Take 2 weeks of call a month for first assist cases only. Average 50 hours a week. Busy with family clinic, first assisting in the OR for all surgeons, and at times wound clinic, surgery clinic and ortho clinic. This year will make around 210K.
  9. I work for a small critical access hospital in AZ. I was hired as a surgical PA who helped in General surgery clinic and first assisted for general, ortho and ob/gyn. I was also seeing pts in the wound clinic as well. This slowly turned into seeing pts in the family clinic and just first assisting as there was a need in the family clinic. They now want me to drop family clinic where I have been for 2 years and switch over to Ortho as there is again... a need. The reason for this is because the hospital hired another PA for only family clinic when we didn't really need one. The orthopedic
  10. Rbnz


    So I am currently a surgical PA for the past 3 years. Hoping to transition into IR with an interview coming up. Typical IR PA salary? What should I be looking for in a good IR offer? I would be doing routine IR procedures: piccs, central lines, para/thora etc... Any advice would be great! Thanks
  11. Finished school with 165K (some left over from undergrad). Wife stays home with our 2 kids. Took a job in a small rural community. I have put in on average 52 hours a week and have taken about 20 days of call a month since starting for the extra income. Work, work, work is what I have done for the past 2.5 years. We are now down to about 40 K and I plan to have this paid off by the end of the year. No new cars, small vacations (nothing elaborate or expensive), rent, nothing elaborate for Christmas/birthdays, did not go out much (we got creative for date nights), etc... We also did not consolid
  12. I am currently working in a small rural clinic/hospital doing family clinic and first assisting in surgery. I signed a new contract about a year ago which has a non-compete clause in it. I have a job offer in the same town doing occupational for a large corporation seeing only their employees. I would not be in competition with my current employer at all as I would only be seeing people at that site. Do you suspect that this may be a problem? Would this non-compete inhibit me from taking this job?
  13. 2 years out of PA school, currently doing surgery, family clinic and wound clinic. Small town about an hour away from Phoenix, Az. I was approached today about doing some side work with hospice/palliative care home visits. They are not set up in my current town but will be shortly and they want me to see pts for them when I have time. I will be meeting tomorrow with a lady who is over this whole area, who will give me more specifics. Any questions that I should be asking? Anyone have experience with this kind of work? Does this work pay well? Is this a good way to increase my income? Any
  14. 1.5 years out of school. Signed on for 96K a year doing general, ortho and OB/GYN surgery. When not in the OR or helping the surgeons I am in family clinic seeing pts and or the wound clinic. I actively see pts in all areas. I also was taking 50/50 call coverage for surgery. My fellow PA just left which leaves me with almost all the call each month. I am paid hourly at 47 an hour. I actively see pts in each area, sometimes daily. I feel justified in asking for a raise because I am covering so many areas of medicine. This past year I averaged about 3000 hours of call time and worked on average
  15. Surgical PA one year out, that signed a contract as being a "physician assistant", not a surgical PA. Biggest mistake of my life. I work at a small critical access hospital that has surrounding family/urgent care clinics. The other PA I work with is another surgical PA as well. The current situation is that there are no providers to cover one of the clinics for a week and they want us to cover the clinic for one day each. I know that my contract doesn't state surgery only, but can they force me to cover a clinic? I went to talk with the clinic manager and told him that I did not want to cover
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