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Everything posted by greenmood

  1. When I applied (2010) I had about 8000 hours as a physical therapy aide. I had been working in that role since my junior year of high school, part time through college, and then full time for several years prior to my application. I was in a hospital setting for most of it though - and working in an ICU as an aide is much different than working at Athletico. It was excellent experience. You need to be able to articulate WHY it's so great, though. It taught me how to communicate with patients and be comfortable with the uncomfortable. That's difficult to teach in a classroom.
  2. I've been in practice five years with the same company. I get 264 hours of PTO per year, which working 12 hour shifts is 22 days. No separate sick time. I also have 7 days of CME per calendar year.
  3. Upper Midwest here. Tattoos (even large ones) are fine where I work unless they contain profanity or other adult content, in which case they must be covered.
  4. Better shoes exist, just keep looking. Invest in some good quality socks - I like the ones with a little pad at the Achilles area.
  5. Dress code at my hospital is business attire. Men wear suits with jacket and tie (I’ve seen some bow ties which honestly just look pretentious) or can wear a white coat. Women wear dresses or suits, and can wear a white coat. Khakis, jeans, etc are expressly forbidden. Until about 2 years ago all the women were required to wear pantyhose. You get used to it and I do think it sets a tone for the interaction.
  6. I work 12s as a hospitalist. Which days they fall on would depend on the size of your group and practice needs, I imagine. I don't work the same days every week, but there is a rhythm to it if you look at the schedule over a quarter or half-year.
  7. I assume PCE stands for Patient Care Experience? I don't recall that being a category when I submitted CASPA (2010). I just remember there was HCE. Maybe something has changed? I haven't looked at CASPA recently. I had about 8000 hours or so as a PT aide and it was direct patient care experience.
  8. It looks fine. I was a physical therapy aide (not a PTA) for years prior to PA school and there were no issues. Be ready to explain why you like your job and why you want to switch to PA. I don't know much about ortho tech, but I'll bet your program director is trying to get you into something faster to help you reach your goal. Many, many people view PTA as their career and not as a stepping stone to another career. I guess I'm saying there are faster ways to get HCE that don't involve as much school/time/money.
  9. Good for you! We're also doing a modified Dave Ramsey plan (due to the length of expected pay off, we are keeping more than 1K in emergency funds) and have signed up for PSLF as a backup in case something happens. Good luck! Stay focused!
  10. No, we are about 50/50 where I work. NPs definitely have more bodies in upper upper management and leadership, but even our supervisors are about split between PAs and NPs. You should check out the job boards at a local PA school. They usually have leads.
  11. Anyone worked in the Nashville area? Also would be interested in hearing perspectives from those in the pacific NW.
  12. As Willy Wonka wound say, everyone gets one. And one is enough for everyone. Unless you're working and prescribing in two states. Then you need two. :)
  13. I would be done at this point. HR may not follow up every phone interview, I don’t know. But you’ve done you due diligence. Now keep on with the search. Don’t get too caught up on one maybe job to the detriment of your search.
  14. I think pimping as a tool for teaching is not tremendously effective. A little stress and pressure is sometimes good for learning - we all remember patients and experiences we’ve dealt with under fire - but done on the regular it loses its impact. I also work in an academic institution with residents and if I was constantly questioned in this manner by the attendings I work with, I would find it tiresome. If there’s a unique case or interesting factoid for me to know, we talk through it. My attendings gauge my level of knowledge pre-discussion by simply asking me what I already know about what we are seeing.
  15. It can take a long time. It depends on where in the hiring/interview process they were when your application popped up (and also how competitive an applicant you are aka how badly they want you). My first job: I applied, was phone interviewed, live interviewed, and offered the job all within 2 weeks. My impression was that my application landed at the exact right time and they were ready to hire, so quickly got me through everything. Second job (in the same system) was four MONTHS from application to offer. When I applied they were at the end of the interview cycle but hadn't taken down the posting. So my application hung out in limbo for a long time. Patience and persistence, without being irritating. It's a fine line.
  16. Is it a good idea to opt out of that arbitration agreement when registering for the PANRE pilot? Seems simple enough to do.
  17. Hospitalist in a large system. Had about three months of orientation with gradually increasing responsibilities, until the last several weeks I was functioning independently with my preceptor as backup for questions and issues. You learn the job by doing.
  18. These are the same thing, or so similar you're down to semantics. You will almost certainly need formal, official, letters of reference. These should be glowing recommendations, with contact information for your hiring manager if the prospective employer needs more. Almost any physician or PA you work with as a student will understand the request. If you have a specific job in mind you can share that and they can tailor their letters. I would recommend that if you are applying for a super specialized field straight out of PA school. I would start collecting these now from preceptors who think you are the BEST.
  19. I'm not with HR, but I don't think so. My last interview I was explicitly told that there would be no decision for two weeks. So I sent out my thank you cards and waited exactly 15 days before calling HR. They made me an offer on day 17. If they tell you a date, I don't see the point in bugging them before that date unless you have a legitimate reason to contact them. If you have another offer in hand and that other place (job A, in your example) wants an answer, that's a great reason to call HR. Sometimes it speeds the process along if they know their choice candidate is considering another offer.
  20. I don’t think you should assume B has moved on. When you interviewed, did you ask for a decision timeline? My practice has been to call 24-48 hours after the date they’ve given me. Usually employers won’t ghost a candidate they took the time to interview. I’ve never not heard back after the follow up call, but sometimes it’s taken a couple days. Just saw you emailed... try calling. It’s harder to ignore a phone call than an email.
  21. Wear your suit. If it's inappropriate attire they will outfit you correctly. The shadowing is part of the interview. It's to let you get a real sense of how the day progresses for someone in the position you want. It's often more casual than the table interview or your meetings with HR. But make no mistake, you should still be "on" during this part of the day. They will likely offer you information on patients you see; it's usually NOT to elicit your opinion, but rather to give you an idea of their patient population and a sampling of chief complaints. You should ask practical questions that show you're thinking seriously about what it would be like to do this job. Like DizzyJ said, ask about work flow, how the day is structured, what resources are available in certain situations, how the PA you're shadowing likes this part of the job, etc. Please don't try to "wow" anyone on the shadowing portion unless your opinion is specifically requested. If that happens, for goodness sake be HUMBLE. We have interviewed a ton of people where I work and I have yet to see someone successfully "wow" me with their medical knowledge and insight. Usually it comes across as arrogant, tone-deaf, or inconsiderate.
  22. I went to a long-established program without a teaching hospital affiliation. At the end of my clinical year they were working on getting an agreement established, but it wasn't there when I was. I had fabulous rotations, better than those put together by the newer programs nearby (affiliated with academic medical centers). When you go to interview or tour, talk with the students. Ask about their rotations. Ask how many of them didn't have a rotation set up the week before it was supposed to start, if any of them were with preceptors who had never taken a student before, etc.
  23. That PTO is unacceptable, as others have stated. TBH, I think it's especially egregious when you're working a M-F position and won't have any occasional weekdays off unless you use that meager PTO. How are you supposed to keep up on CME requirements? You'd never be able to go to a decent conference. Silliness. If they teased out CME (two weeks PTO plus one week CME) then it would be not great but acceptable to me. Obviously the maternity leave is concerning unless they have a plan in place to cover you. You cannot be expected to take on twice the workload at three months into a new job. Probably less, since it's not like you would start tomorrow. You might only have been working for a few weeks when this other PA leaves. Like others have said, the money is fine. Money is not the problem. The other stuff is an absolute nonstarter, in my opinion.
  24. You shouldn't be too messed up by that, especially if you are ALWAYS working that shift and not switching between days/evenings/nights. When you get home (let's say 2am for arguments sake) just go to sleep. If I was coming back on the following afternoon I would sleep until 10am, get my day stuff done, and then return to work. You won't see your SO on days you're working no matter when you sleep. If I was off following my last shift I would get up earlier to reset myself. You'll be tired the first evening off, but it's easier to get back on a full day schedule if you bite the bullet the first day. This is just my experience switching between nights and days. As for a social life... yes, you won't see your SO on days you're working. So in that respect the social life will change. And maybe you'll miss going out in the evenings on the weekends you work. Neither of those things is really modifiable.
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