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  1. Hi everyone, I am graduating from PA school next week and am job hunting. I have been on multiple interviews in different specialties and I have finally received my first offer today. I don't want to be that naive new grad jumping at the first offer so please let me know your thoughts! (Some of this is pulled directly from the contract they sent me) -Base salary: 80K -Health insurance after 60 days of employment, mostly paid- I will pay out of pocket $60 (no dental or vision) -"401K. Employee will be vested after one year of full time employment. Company will match 100% up to 3% of employee’s salary and 1/2% up to 5% of employee’s contribution." -PTO: 10 days after 90 days employment -CME: 3 days and $1000 per benefit year (what does per benefit year mean??) -Malpractice covered with one year tail coverage -Non-compete: 2 mile radius of any of their clinics (they have 3 clinics) --I would make them take this out -Position is essentially 8-5pm Mon-Fri. -No inpatient consultations but still on call (explained below) -Licenses covered (DEA, DPS) From the contract: -"Productivity Bonus. The CEO may award a productivity at the sole discretion of the CEO based on how the company and employee performance is. This can be increased each subsequent year but again at the sole discretion of the CEO based on how the company and employee performance" -"Termination clause. Employee’s employment with the Company will terminate immediately upon the death of Employee. Either the Company or Employee may, without cause, terminate Employee’s employment upon thirty days prior written notice. The Company may also terminate Employee’s employment immediately, by notice to Employee, for cause, including, but not limited to, actions by Employee deemed by the Company to be contrary to its best interests." Here is more info about the position: It's a Spine and Sports medicine/Ortho clinic in the Houston, Texas area. It's essentially a two physician office but I have only one main supervising physician. The doc is actually a "physiatrist" and is not a pain management doc. They have never had a full-time PA, they had a part-time PA at one point but then she couldn't fulfill their needs of a full time position so she was let go. -I went on three interviews there. The first was a formal interview, the second was to see patients with him, and the third was to observe procedures in the OR and practice presenting pts to him. -The supervising physician is great, he is very academia-minded and was adjunct faculty for a major medical school for a bit before he decided to open his own practice. He's taught fellows and residents and in that sense I think he would be a great mentor, especially for a new grad like me. -They originally mentioned 85K during my first interview but the contract offer says 80K. Over the phone when they verbally said they were going to extend an offer they said they were actually going to offer 75K but thought I had "potential" and increased it to 80K (insert eye rolling here haha) -He does not need me in the OR because his procedures do not need a first assist (he does mainly spine injections guided by XR); so pretty much I'm just in clinic for him -Thus...he justifies I shouldn't think of this position as a surgical specialty because I can't bill for first assist and therefore can't bring in more revenue and that a more comparable salary should be similar to a family medicine position -The position requires traveling in parts of Houston. He has three different clinics and they require me to be at each one on different days. There is potential, although unlikely, that I will need to be at multiple clinics on the same day, they have not confirmed my schedule yet. (Each clinic is about 20 miles apart from each other). -As far as being on call, after hour calls are sent to answering service. True emergencies calls are sent to staff: MA, office manager and myself (so every third week). If provider needs to be involved call goes to on call provider which will alternate between me and supervising physician (so every other week). The week I am on staff rotation I will be also be the on-call provider. I would appreciate the feedback! Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi everyone, I'm graduating PA school in three months and have started the interview process. This is my first offer and they want me to sign pretty quickly if I decide to do so because they don't want me to change my mind later in the summer when i get closer to graduating. This is a private outpatient Family Medicine clinic that is associated with one of the neighboring hospitals in a very growing suburban area in Texas. There are three doctors and one PA. Everyone is pretty young, with one doc being out for 4 yrs, another doc for 2, and the PA for 2.5 yrs. My SP would be the one that has been out for 4 years. The pt clientele is mainly caucasian, upper class to middle class. They are mainly a walk-in clinic and this is the area they need help in. They are wanting to hire someone that plans to stay there long term, not just a few years and then move on to make more money. The clinic has EMR (eClinicalworks). Is open 7 days week, M-F 8am-7pm, Sat/Sun 9am-3pm. They are wanting to hire someone that will commit to one weekend day every week i.e. a Sat or Sun. -Starting base salary 85K for two years and then expect 100K afterwards. Everything above 100K is achieved through productivity based bonus. Bonus doesn't start until after 2nd yr. Kind of confusing but they calculate my overhead cost and everything I bring in above that I get a percentage. The longer I stay with the practice the higher my percentage is and it caps at 30%. Was told essentially my salary would cap around 130-150K. Talked with the PA there and she said bonus is achievable as she is doing it right now. -Malpractice covered (unsure of tail coverage) -No health insurance :( -3 CME days, all licenses and anything practice related gets covered i.e. memberships, CME expenses -Restrictive covenant/non-compete clause- 10 miles (doesn't concern me cause Houston is huge) -36 hours with 4 hrs for admin time. Ability to work more clinical hours if desired which he will increase my base salary if I commit to more hours. Must work one weekend day every week. -401K with 3% match -2 weeks vacation for the first 2 yrs of practice then 4 weeks after that. -1 sick day (but I'm sure he would be agreeable to increasing this) -Will be given a work phone and EMR access for computers at home. -No hospital rounds -Will take call for one entire month every 5th month (or later when they add more providers to their practice). Was told it was for a month because there are very few calls, and is usually because refills were unable to be processed etc. Nothing is ever really emergent because clinic is open 7 days a week, they just tell the pt to come in the morning to be seen or go to ER. Overall, I enjoyed the interview and the clinic is really nice. My interviewer said there has been no turnover in providers yet only the front staff which is typical. After the interview they invited me for dinner at Perry's (drug rep dinner) to meet the other doctor that I didn't see at my interview. Everyone seems to be very laid-back and I think my SP will teach me a lot as a new grad. They understand they need to start me off slow and transition me. Talked with the PA and she said she was seeing 5-10 pts/day at first and they slowly bumped it up until she felt more comfortable. My biggest concern is committing this early when I haven't gone on any other interviews yet and still have 3 months until I graduate. Any advice would be welcome!! Thanks!
  3. My interview is tomorrow but the doc mentioned the bonus was hourly in addition to my baseline salary. They use EMR eClinicalworks. I'm not sure about the medicaid/medicare but I can ask tomorrow. There is no call.
  4. Sorry- this is a repost after I found the right thread to post this in! Hi everyone, My name is Mary and I'll be graduating from a Texas PA program this upcoming August. I have a job interview at a private family medicine clinic tomorrow and would love to have some advice. I've looked at resources in preparing for my interview by looking at potential questions from the AAPA and TAPA. As an almost new graduate I want to be realistic if the conversation of compensation comes up. Obviously I would wait for the interviewer to bring up the topic but does anyone know what would be an appropriate baseline salary for me to ask for as a new graduate in Texas in family medicine? Some things he mentioned on the phone about his practice: there are currently 4 docs (1 of which is a doc of chirop) and one PA. Their practice has been growing at about 17% each year and they are looking to eventually expand to 7 docs. They have a great pt population (no medicaid), the hours are very flexible, I would be expected to work 36 hrs/wk with 4 hr of admin time, potential for bonus by working extra hours. Office is open 8am-7pm and weekends 9-3, I pick my hours. I will have at least one of the physicians from the practice on site at all times if I need to ask questions but will have only one designated doc as my SP/mentor. They want to hire someone that will stay for a long time, not just a few years. The AAPA 2013 salary reports a PA graduate with less than one year of experience is 78-80K. 1. This salary report is two years old (but there is not an updated one yet) so the avg might have gone up??? 2. It is in the Houston area in Magnolia (near The Woodlands) which is very suburban. My little sister is an ER nurse who works night shifts and says she makes probably a little under 70k/yr so I know I'm worth more than that. I don't want to low-ball myself but I also understand that as a new graduate I will need a huge learning curve the first year. Any advice on this and job interviewing in general would be much appreciated!! Mary
  5. Hi everyone, My name is Mary and I'll be graduating from a Texas PA program this upcoming August. I have a job interview at a private family medicine clinic tomorrow and would love to have some advice. I've looked at resources in preparing for my interview by looking at potential questions from the AAPA and TAPA. As an almost new graduate I want to be realistic if the conversation of compensation comes up. Obviously I would wait for the interviewer to bring up the topic but does anyone know what would be an appropriate baseline salary for me to ask for as a new graduate in Texas in family medicine? Some things he mentioned on the phone about his practice: there are currently 4 docs (1 of which is a doc of chirop) and one PA. Their practice has been growing at about 17% each year and they are looking to eventually expand to 7 docs. They have a great pt population (no medicaid), the hours are very flexible, I would be expected to work 36 hrs/wk with 4 hr of admin time, potential for bonus by working extra hours. The AAPA 2013 salary reports a PA graduate with less than one year of experience is 78-80K. 1. This salary report is two years old (but there is not an updated one yet) so the avg might have gone up??? 2. It is in the Houston area in Magnolia (near The Woodlands) which is very suburban. My little sister is an ER nurse who works night shifts and says she makes probably a little under 70k/yr so I know I'm worth more than that. I don't want to low-ball myself but I also understand that as a new graduate I will need a huge learning curve the first year. Any advice on this and job interviewing in general would be much appreciated!! Mary
  6. @hann47. I think the fact that you have experience plays in your advantage. However, from what I'm reading of your post, you say you re-took/are retaking 3 classes. Make sure to mention that in your personal statement and address that. Re-taking classes, especially if it's more than one doesn't look good. I definitely think you have a good chance of getting in. Grades aren't everything. They are looking at you as a whole. Do you have leadership roles? Community service? Things like that? That is important as well. Grades aren't something that you can change once it happens, but your personal statement can set you apart from the rest and is something that is in your control. Make sure to make that count. I'm a first year at UTMB. Love it here! :)
  7. @amkoenig do you know if shirley sent an email yet? it's already the end of january...i thought she said she was sending one this month..I was hoping to get a student list to ask others about housing. I think i might go to Galveston next week to look at apartments!
  8. @presjc2 thanks for the reminder! I forgot that Shirley said she would sending us info next month. I'll just wait until then!
  9. Hi Everyone, I'll be starting at UTMB this summer and was wondering if anyone has already thought about living situations? I'm relatively young, 22, and I don't have my own family, am not in a serious relationship, and don't have to commute from anywhere and was wondering if anyone else was in the same boat as me. I would prefer not to live alone because I'm a girl and it's just safer. Not to mention financially more convenient. Also, is there already a post or fb group somewhere for something like this? Hope to see everyone soon!
  10. @ashmash and @laineyb28 So when I was on my interview one of my interviewers actually explained the process to me. It is true..no news is good news. So the way it works is that each interview group is given like a score and put into one of three categories. You are either in the top percentile, the middle, or the bottom. Pretty much, the top percentile are given spots right away, the middle aren't necessarily yes or no's but just stay in the pile, and the bottom get rejected right away. Then another interview group comes in and people are placed in those categories and the people who were previously in the middle will either move up, down, or stay in the middle. Eventually, if you get a high enough score they'll get a spot or if they continue to move down they will eventually be rejected. So...technically, no news means that you still have a chance and it's not like they forgot about you. That's why they say it's better to be in the first few interview groups because it gives you a better chance of staying the in pile if that makes sense. Also, before I had my interview on the 17th I was talking to one of the current students and she said that she got accepted 2 weeks after her interview so maybe it'll take awhile. I hope that helps!
  11. @ashmash From what I recall, it took me literally 10 minutes to fill out the supplemental. I think it was just asking residency information or socioeconomical questions. Something like that. There was not an essay. Last cycle, I applied really late. I think I submitted my CASPA in September and didn't receive the supplemental until October. I re-took my GRE, and gained a lot of those hours in the past year when I became CNA certified and worked in the ER as a medical scribe. This time around I applied in mid-June. I think after that year of experience it made it much easier to improve my personal statement. I think the first time around I was unprepared and tried to rush things but it was definitely a learning experience and allowed me to improve my application for the second time around. I've already been accepted to another program out-of-state but i'm hoping to stay in texas and get into UTMB. Good luck to all of you!
  12. I submitted my CASPA on June 11th. I got my supplemental in the mail sometime in July which I sent off the next day. Then I got an email from them on July 19th that they were reviewing my application and gave me my username and temporary password to log in to mystar. Then on August 9th I got an invitation to interview for Sept 17th. My stats are... Caspa gpa is 3.54 I had 710 patient care experience (CNA and medical scribe), an ortho PA internship of 150hrs, about 100 hrs of shadowing, 350hrs of volunteer. GRE 149 Verbal, 152 Quant, 4.0 Analytical I have a Bachelor of Science from Baylor. I am also a reapplicant.
  13. Hi guys, I received notice from UTMB on july 17 that they were reviewing my application and then i got an interview invite via email on august 9th to interview in galveston on september 17th. I'm not sure if I'm in the first interview group or not. Good luck to the rest of you!
  14. I just finished interviewing with the July 18/19 group and got accepted so I thought I would give some advice! It's true what everyone says. This interview is so laid back. They really aren't there to stress you out but to get to know you better and to make sure you get to know them better. The interview session was such a great experience. I really love the faculty. The interview is "behavioral" meaning that instead of asking you hypothetical questions they ask you questions based on past experiences. I had interview questions such as what do i consider my biggest mistake and do i regret it, describe an interpersonal conflict and how did i resolve it, knowing that this is a rigorous program what do i plan to do for fun, describe a situation where I had to adapt.....questions like that. If you google it you should find plenty of practice questions on behavioral type interviews. Anyway, the interview is set up where on the first day it's pretty casual. We talked with financial aid, housing, and learned what the program consisted of. Then we went on a historical tour of savannah which was super neat. After that we had dinner with first year students which definitely calmed all of us down. By talking with the current students we got helpful hints about our interviewers which you find out early on the first day. The second day was formal interviews obviously, but it was so relaxing because we weren't sitting by ourselves and working ourselves up to be nervous, but instead the first year students came again and just hung out with us until literally right before our interview. It really is laid back. Don't worry about it, have fun, and be yourself. I think it's so important to just be yourself. I personally didn't practice much for it, rather I thought of different things I wanted to make sure they knew about me, and then incorporated it into the answer. There was another applicant I interviewed with who had everything so memorized, it felt kind of not genuine if you know what I mean? Just be yourself and you'll do great! You have a three part interview..kind of...a 30 minute "not an interview" with the program director, and then two 30 minute interviews with two different faculty. The "not an interview" isn't scored or anything but rather you just getting to know the director and seeing if the program is a fit for you. He likes you to ask questions so think of some! They make it a priority that it isn't just you wanting to get into the program, but you being happy there because they are investing in you. Good luck!! I hope that helps some of you guys. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
  15. I'm just reposting this from another thread but I thought it might help. Hi Everyone, Just thought I would give some info since I just got accepted. I submitted my CASPA 6/11/2012 and got an interview invitation on 6/26 for the July 18/19 group. I received my acceptance e-mail on July 23. My caspa gpa is 3.54 I had 710 patient care experience, an ortho PA internship of 150hrs, about 100 hrs of shadowing, 350hrs of volunteer. GRE 149 Verbal, 152 Quant, 4.0 Analytical I hope that helps some of you guys. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
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