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  1. Tl;Dr: Any PAs practicing functional medicine that might have some insight? Hi all. I got suckered in by some ad on social media for functional medicine (specifically, the functional medicine fast track program by Garrick vosloo (sp?). The more I look into, the more intrigued I am. They describe functional medicine as "root cause medicine." A quick Google search into functional medicine comes up with a couple of old articles on how it's "quackery." But the institute for functional medicine runs out of Cleveland clinic! And supposedly it is primarily based on clinical evidence with science to back it up... They mention that you would be essentially running your own practice (primarily virtually), and patients would be paying out of pocket for your services since they are not typically covered by insurance. So any opinions on whether it is it worth exploring (and getting another 12k loan for )? Any PAs practicing functional medicine that might have some insight? Edited to add that courses from the Institute of Functional Medicine count as CME for PAs.
  2. Thanks so much for the breakdown. Looks like I've gotta take off the rose-colored glasses. This offer definitely isn't what I thought it was going to be. But if I'm understanding correctly, the tax credit offered at the end of the year would make it equal to what hospitals typically put in for you anyway, right? So it should balance out? He told me we could discuss switching to w2 employment in 3-6 months but was pretty vague about it.
  3. Hi all, Hope someone can give me a little advice. I recently applied for a part-time position at a local clinic and verbally accepted an offer of $65 an hour for 16-20 hrs a week. I could have sworn the SP said he would cover malpractice, but then later received an email from him asking for my malpractice insurance, and had to reply back saying I did not have my own, and am currently covered by the SP at current position. He then told me that he spoke to his office manager, and that they would not be able to offer me malpractice since I would be working as a "contractor" and not a W2 employee... what does that even mean? A quote from cm&f group shows me at $2k a year for occurrence coverage (which I'm not 100% convinced I need but at the same time like the idea of being covered just in case...). Is this reasonable? What does it mean to be a non-W2 employee? I'm used to having everything taken care of at big hospitals and even the little clinic I worked for before, but I really like the dynamic at this office and the hours are suitable for my needs at this time. I just don't want to be taken advantage of. I should also mention I am not receiving any other benefits either, but I don't need them at this time.
  4. Isn't it the agency that would get in trouble for letting me work without credentialing? I agree though, I think I'm just going to have to suck it up and ask the tough questions.
  5. Omg I wonder if this doc is doing the same thing it was so fishy to me that they took so long to give me a PICTURE of my pay stub, and even then it had practically no information on it other than the amount I get paid biweekly! I live in a large urban city and on the days that my patient list consists of patients living close together/confirmed via the office, I can easily see 15 patients (charting however, is a nightmare...). But other days they are ~20 mins away from each other and I can only see 8-12, and sometimes they are not properly confirmed by the office. We are also given a driver so we don't have to worry about parking and I can do charts in the car which is helpful. The only thing I have in writing is a copy of my vacation time. I was promised health benefits, 401k, malpractice, but have yet to see any information about that stuff as of yet... thanks for the eyeopener, I definitely need to have this stuff in writing somewhere Should I just ask for a contract? I feel a little awkward saying can I have everything in writing since I've already started with the company, as if I don't trust them (though I really don't, heh).
  6. I recently started a housecall position with a small company, and so far it's been going ok. The usual grievances apply, but that's not the issue. I was so desperate to leave my ER position when I started feeling overstressed/undervalued that I kind of jumped into this position without too much thought. Some concerns I'm having now: 1) I started without completing the credentialing process... Is this a liability? 2) I was told I could be full time if I saw 48-60 patients a week, and would make 100k, and that's by working m-thurs. I recently requested a pay stub that took days to get and it has no hourly rate, or other info, except for the amount I get paid weekly after taxes - which seems to come up to 92k pretaxed. Admittedly I don't always see 48 patients because of how far some patients are scheduled, cancellations, etc, but I still think the pay stub is shady and it's strange no one discussed this with me. I would like to bring everything up with the office manager but I'm not sure how to approach it. Im afraid there isn't much job security and they'll just fire me if I bring up too many qs. I'm loving my schedule otherwise. Should I just suck it up??
  7. I chose PA because I'm naturally indecisive and being able to choose different specialties appealed to me. I also liked that the schooling was shorter and the profession seemed to provide better work-life balance (especially in the beginning compared to residents) than it does for docs. As someone who has been specialty hopping for the past 3 years, I'm glad I chose this route over med school, but to be honest I never really wanted to go the med school route anyway. That being said, I'm also part of the "regret going into medicine altogether" boat. Perhaps I just haven't found the specialty or position that's right for me, but I just feel like medicine is a business. It's all about seeing as many patients as you can as fast as you can, and making sure everything is charted. Actual patient care seems to have taken a back seat. YMMV.
  8. Thanks for all the tips! Various Q&A books definitely helped for the exam, and I was able to find many of them online. :) @medicalboardreview i've added you on instagram.
  9. I'm a 3rd semester PA student taking adult primary care medicine. Would it be helpful for me to start Kaplan pance q bank? Are there any other sources (preferably cheaper) that provide practice questions by topic/system? How about usmle step 2 questions? Our first exam for the class is coming up and as you can probably tell I'm having a bit of anxiety. Any advice welcome.
  10. Thanks for the information! Did you yourself have to relocate? As for working in different specialty, I think I just had the idea that they would rather train a new grad in a certain specialty rather than someone who has already been working in a different field for a couple of years. Just a strange thought, I suppose. Everything sounds great though, aside from possibly having to relocate.
  11. Thanks for the information! Did you yourself have to relocate? As for working in different specialty, I think I just had the idea that they would rather train a new grad in a certain specialty rather than someone who has already been working in a different field for a couple of years. Just a strange thought, I suppose. Everything sounds great though, aside from possibly having to relocate.
  12. Thanks for the information! Did you yourself have to relocate? As for working in different specialty, I think I just had the idea that they would rather train a new grad in a certain specialty rather than someone who has already been working in a different field for a couple of years. Just a strange thought, I suppose. Everything sounds great though, aside from possibly having to relocate.
  13. Thanks for the information! Did you yourself have to relocate? As for working in different specialty, I think I just had the idea that they would rather train a new grad in a certain specialty rather than someone who has already been working in a different field for a couple of years. Just a strange thought, I suppose. Everything sounds great though, aside from possibly having to relocate.
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