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  1. Nothing personal against 'corpsman89' but, I suggest the exact opposite. I found a small study group of like minded classmates. We would challenge each other, share study guides, help each other when needed. I 'was' a loner but, quickly realized that I could not get through PA School alone. IMHO the biggest advantage of a study group is: when you are having difficulty with a concept, you could waste endless hours trying to find the answer in a book or online... A trusted classmate/study buddy can help explain it in just a few short minute. We were all on board with staying focused and keeping the group on track... Once I 'got over myself' and admitted that there were things I did not know, I got comfortable trusting my group. True.. Everybody is different. Keep working hard..
  2. 1985 GMT Date Master, Root beer. A gift from my Dad when I retired from the US Navy.
  3. What state? Some states, the non-compete is not enforceable. 10 miles is not very far. You could open your private practice location one town over. If you do grow your practice, after some time, you may be able to open a second location, closer to home... Have you been inside the jail? I did a rotation in the city jail during school. It is an unusual environment. I am not sure I would 'like' working there, personally. I have been in outpatient psychiatry for almost 4 years. I love psych. I am so curious as to where you are looking for your practice.... Not too many of us in Psych :)
  4. You billed $900K? That sounds a little high... That may have been the charged amount. I think what you need to know is how much was the allowable amount. If you know how much collections were specifically on your patients, that might give you a better idea on expected income.
  5. As far as I have seen through my limited research, they can practice in Missouri, and Utah This is the only page I could find for their 'organization'. Salary??? Tell me this job listing is not confusing.... I can't find any other info on salary...
  6. Retired USN HM. I would be happy to take a peek and make some comments.. Send me a PM.
  7. Have you considered adding a CS contract to your practice? I use them and hold patients to their part of the agreement. They can refuse to sign but, will not be prescribed any controlled substances at that time. I scan the signed document into the EMR, notate that there is one on file and provide a copy to the patient once signed.. I have a sample one if you would like..
  8. At my last practice (outpatient Psych) I was getting 58% of collections as a W-2 employee. I paid my own malpractice and there were no benefits (other than the practice paying taxes). I was seeing a mix of new patients and follow-ups. Follow ups were Mostly 99213 and 99214. New patients were 99203 and 99204. I was seeing 100+ patients per week. The practice I am currently working at has me on salary for 6 months then per patient. This agreement is really interesting... The practice will count the number of patients I see and I get paid on the rate x #. $80 for New, $40 for follow ups. 30%. You have to consider several things WRT production. When you take time off = No pay, holiday = No pay, Practice closed due to weather = No pay. Training days/CME = No pay, Sick time = No pay. The other question is how good is the collections department? What % do they collect? Also, there is a lag from the time you see the patient and the time they collect... Will you be W-2 or 10-99? There is a 7% difference in tax benefit. Just my thoughts.... I hope that helps... On the bright side, Straight production can be great... I doubled my salary in year 2.
  9. Why do you feel your essay will be 'sub par'? Write a true, from the heart honest personal statement. Trust yourself, if you are meant to get in, you shall.
  10. This is a serious ethical violation. Thinking back to undergrad and PA school, I recall every class syllabus and university have a policy WRT submitting work in your name completed by someone else. That being said, does it happen YES. Should you worry, probably not. Will the school find out.... Probably not. Cheaters never prosper. This 'friend' will not go far in life. I really don't see how someone else writing a personal statement will benefit anyone. If the statement contains things that are not true, exaggerations, flat out lies... They will be discovered in time. My Two cents - Find a new friend.
  11. ROTFLOL I actually started laughing out loud (Literally) when I read this... Good Stuff !!
  12. SW/FMF, 8446/8425/8404 (Retired) HM experience is a great thing to have on your application for PA school. IMHO all of my experience as a Corpsman taught me a great deal. I wore many hats during my time in. When I got to PA school I learned how little I knew and how much I had to learn.
  13. Just curious.. What about Caffeine? How much do you consume daily??
  14. When I was in school, someone showed this video. It was a wise professor who suggested we have a prepared answer for the question 'What is a PA? ' and when a patient say that they want to see the Doctor. I think that has happened to me on 2 or 3 occasions. I don't get offended, I just politely try to explain what I do and tell them that if they are not happy after my exam I will happily walk them to the appointment desk so they can make arrangements to see a MD.