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About AbeTheBabe

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  1. Wow, didn't know that, something to think about I guess. How long ago was this? The ortho PAs I've talked to who work at Kaiser seemed to enjoy it.
  2. Really? That's sad to hear. I've actually considered going over to Kaiser because I've heard they have good pay and great benefits. In what field and area of the country did you work in? I'm in ortho in Los Angeles.
  3. It happens, don't beat yourself up. I'm sure you will find something that you're happy with. I'm confident my ortho rotation gave me the edge I needed to get my job, so I'm sure it's tough without it. Good luck!
  4. They have specific job postings like ortho, urgent care, etc.
  5. When first starting out, sure. But once you're up to speed how much responsibility you have in the OR is really determined by your specific SP and their preference.
  6. Where are you located? Details of job? Hours/days?
  7. Well then it's just like any other job. If after a year you are not happy with your pay/raise, then start looking for another job. If there's no penalty for breaking the contract, then what's the point?
  8. What happens if you break the contract?
  9. Where are you located? Pay is good, benefits are ok at best. Any 401K match? I'm concerned that they expect you to train yourself on the computer on the first day,
  10. Looks like you have good experience, I'm sure they will have you elaborate your scope of practice, what type of ortho, what surgeries you assisted in, etc. The rest will be general interview questions.. Why you're leaving, more about yourself, etc. Just because you're experienced doesn't mean their going to conduct an oral exam at the interview. Grab standard interview questions and practice them with someone else. Don't worry, you'll be fine!
  11. Nope, I haven't heard of that insurer. The insurance I have a problem with is MPI, which is for the motion picture industry.
  12. The most likely reason they are losing MAs is that they are not paying enough. So there are 4 options. Complain until it gets fixed. Find a new job (make sure to let them know why you are leaving). Pay for an MA out of your salary. Or as SAS8514 said, refuse to see patients without an MA. They will either fix it or fire you.
  13. Do you have previous ortho experience? If not, it likely won't be technically based and just making sure you are the right fit and will get along with the group. If you have previous ortho experience, they will likely ask you to talk about that and the specifics of your last job like what types of surgeries have you assisted, trauma experience, familiarity with injections, etc.
  14. You definitely should take into consideration the total compensation package which includes benefits, in addition to whether it's a good learning environment since it's your first job. Say a job pays 50/hour and has zero to no benefits. Another job pays 40/hour but you have good PTO, CME, 6% 401K match, free medical, etc. it will likely be better to go with the second job. The percentile is for the whole state so if you want to negotiate you can say something like: "Thank you for the offer, I enjoyed meeting with you all and I am excited to be working at ____. However, based on the salary report, cost of living in ____, and the specialty/hours/whatever, I was hoping more for ___/hour. I hope that this is acceptable and we can move forwards. A lot of times you don't have much negotiating power as a new grad though. And if it's a big system the benefits are usually not negotiable.
  15. Yes, it's only that specific insurer. I have talked to the credentialing lady at work, and she said she would look into it. Let's see if anything happens. If nothing comes of it, I guess I will try to reach out to CAPA.