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  1. I took out about $12k/yr to live on during PA school and even got a grant. But I graduated from one of the more expensive private schools so I still ended up with over $125k in debt from PA school. I was accepted to another school that was 1/3 the cost so that would've been much easier to pay off but considering that I got my first job through a rotation my school set up, who knows where I'd be right now. What I did: I got a good job right away and started to pay off debt immediately. Paid off oldest and biggest loans first and then refinanced my loans to a lower rate. Lived frugally th
  2. It is likely a misunderstanding within the credentialing office. Tell them, "No, as a PA I am certified to assist and do not need an FA certificate." I currently went through applications for hospital privileges. One is for a large hospital system that just updated and centralized its credentialing process/program, and the new version had glitches and didn't even have an option for PA regarding surgical privileges... I had to contact them to fix the glitches and add PA so I could complete the app. And they did.
  3. Agreed. The OP said they wanted to be debt-free, which was going to take 7-10 years. They also said they wanted to be debt-free prior to moving to SD. Just offering a suggestion on how to achieve both faster so they don't have to put it off and can live where they want to live.
  4. I'm not sure what your finances look like and I'm not here to hijack this topic, but seriously consider looking into Financial Independence and FIRE. Life's too short to be held prisoner to debt.
  5. You're welcome. I went from Ortho trauma to CTS and then to trauma/critical care and ACS. With each switch, it most definitely felt like I was a new grad all over again although now with experience on my side. It's been a humbling experience and uncomfortable at times, but I've grown immensely from it all AND I've relearned the medicine I lost from my time in ortho. I think of it as a high-paid residency and PANRE prep When switching specialties in a competitive market, I understood that I may have to accept perhaps less-than-ideal offers or offers in different areas in order to get my
  6. Going into a surgical subspecialty wasn't a hard decision for me since the job offer fell into my lap. Lol. It also checked a lot of boxes and fit my interests. Switching to two other surgical subspecialties wasn't that hard but did require some networking, flexibility and planning. I will say that once you're out into practice and decide to make a switch from specialty to general or vis versa, whatever, be an open sponge in your new field, be prepared to hit the books, and find a practice that is willing to train you. For the time being, if you're on the fence on which way to go,
  7. Maybe, maybe not. You're welcome to do whatever you think is best for your situation. Practices know it takes AT LEAST 3 months to hire someone for a hospital-based job, usually longer. If they like a soon-to-be new grad, they understand it takes time to get licensed and all that. And for the right candidate, they'll wait. Mine waited 5 months from the time I was a student with them to the time I started. It took another 2 months for hospital privileges so that I could even do anything other than clinic. By the way, a lot of the good jobs won't get posted -- they're shared by word of mou
  8. No, but the point in applying early is exposure to the market, networking, and experience. I don't know about you or anyone else, but I don't want to wait until it's crunch time to try to find a job, especially one that I actually want. I gave my CV to every preceptor. Once I realized how difficult it is to find a GOOD job that is open to new grads, I started applying 6 months before graduation. I kept getting told, "No, you don't have a license yet. Try again later." Or, "No, you don't have any experience. Try again later." Thankfully, my second-to-last preceptor was hiring and I got a
  9. When did you start applying to jobs? I tell all my students to start applying for jobs AT LEAST 6 months ahead of time. It takes anywhere between 4-6 months to get a job (from the time you apply to the time you start), even for an experienced PA -- that's the nature of physician and PA jobs, even more so for a hospital-based job. Moreover, once you get a job, remember that it can take 4-6 months to get and start a new job so consider keeping a PRN gig up your sleeve. If only surgery jobs are available to you, consider getting a job in Ortho, trauma/general surgery, or some other relevant
  10. It seems that practices and hospital systems are used to or even expect compliance and they do not respond well to people asking poignant questions or pointing out discrepancies.
  11. I'm currently in the process of negotiating terms for a job with another employer. If I accept and my current employer allows me to use my PTO at the end of my time with them, I would be leaving right at 11 months. My potential new employer (actually previous employer of 5 years) wants me back ASAP, and since I already have my hospital credentials I can start quickly. I will be leaving on good terms with my current employer and with sufficient notice. But, to y'all, would it make sense to push off this job for another month so I can say that I stayed for a whole year? If it makes any differenc
  12. Definitely rings true for me. The weather has been awesome lately, and every year I seem to miss it because I am working 50-60 hours per week. So I have been taking full advantage this year now that I have an alternate schedule that gives me more time off.
  13. I think Covid had an effect as well: a lot of things have changed for me and my family as I'm sure has happened with other folks as well. I found it difficult to want to pay attention to what's going on here, and when I would look, it seemed to be the same old subjects being posted: name change, difficulty finding a job, job unhappiness, etc. After a while, it gets boring talking about the same things, especially negative things and the same new grad dilemmas we've already tried to help with time and time again. I am also a member of other social media groups and they provide new things
  14. Agree with what's been said already. Get them to change it ASAP. If it's a hospital umbrella policy, sometimes they will just make it retroactive to your start date. Consult with someone if they can't make it retroactive.
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