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  1. Hi everyone! I have a question for working moms (or dads). Have you found it better to work fewer, but longer shifts or more, but shorter shifts? For example, I currently work in FP 5-6 days per week, averaging 5-7 hour days. My total weekly hours are 34-38 hours. l would be taking call every other weekend, which is generally very light. I have a job offer for four 10-hour shifts at a preop clinic (7a-5p, generally more than enough time to eat during the day so no one leaves for lunch). No holidays/call, low-stress, etc. (And best benefits in the state...I used to work at this
  2. Well, I decided to order a new suit and pray it gets here by Wednesday (which is the promise date) so I have time to have it tailored for the following week. The problem is that I'm short and plus-sized (with strange proportions, esp a small waist and larger calves). And the stores I went to around here have next to nothing in suits. I don't feel comfortable wearing my other suit again -- one because it's extremely hot in this weather, two, because I already did wear it, and three, it's just not comfortable at all. I ordered several and can return the ones I don't want for free. I needed a new
  3. Thanks, good advice. :) I am not sure about the numbers aspect; It's a hospital system that gives you a score based on your time as a PA, direct patient care, etc. That's how salary is calculated. They're generally fair. But the last time I was there, the lead PA asked me to write down how many hours per week I worked for positions on my resume. Maybe it's a good sign? I guess we'll see. My interview isn't until 7/30.
  4. I had a call for a third interview. Is it common to do more than two? It is a surgery preop clinic. My understanding is they're very selective with who "meshes" well with the other PAs. My first interview with the lead PA and clinical director (ordinarily it would have just been the lead PA, but I was internal and he was at the hospital, so he came by). The second was in the clinic with all the staff (PAs, MAs, RNs, office manager, etc). I was able to meet them and shadow with them. Like a "get to know you session." Now, I have a third interview with the clinical director again. I'm very
  5. I know when I was a brand new grad, I had to send out a lot of resumes to get any sort of response. Don't get discouraged. Just keep sending them out. And it seems like once you get one break, you'll get several. In one day, I had 4 people call me about applications I submitted. For me, it was very time consuming because each hospital system here has a different application. But once you submit to one posting, the system saves your resume. Another thing to do is to contact recruiters from each hospital you want to work with. They usually want a short interview and then when open positions
  6. This is exactly it! A lot of the issue is the paperwork! The practice has not converted to EMR yet (coming in September) and the paper charts are ridiculous. I cannot find anything in them. I don't know how to bill/code. My SP is "teaching" me how he codes the exams, but I worry about it. Technically, he does everything "by the book" on paper to be able to bill as many 99214 as possible. Ethics seem questionable. But he knows how to CYA. I thought initially I was being used as the urgent care add-on, but then they started scheduling me my own patients. I didn't realize my SP didn't have my
  7. And I agree about the complexity issue. My biggest issue is that these patients are complex! Today alone (scheduled every 15 minutes), I saw man who was hit on his bicycle by a car, a lady with new onset LE edema and headaches (with 15 PMH), an uncontrolled newly diagnosed diabetic (who just got out of the hospital from a DKA coma), and new patient with uncontrolled HTN, gout, DM, hyperlipidemia, back pain, GERD, and hypothyroidism. He was the easiest! I can do a cough/cold, sinusitis, wheezing, pap, headache, allergies, abdominal pain, and so on in about 10-15 minutes. But I keep getting
  8. Thank you for your recommendation. I looked on Amazon and I see one from 2003. Do you know of any new versions or do you think that's okay?
  9. For those out there working with new grads in family practice (or for those who have been new grads in family practice), what is the expectation of time to get up to speed? My first job was a terrible fit for me -- thoracic surgery. It was bad from the get-go. I was there 6 months and then, thankfully, had found a job in family practice. I was really excited. I started this new job at the beginning of June. I kept telling my SP that I am new to family practice, having had only one 2-month rotation. He kept saying, "You're smart, you'll catch on quickly." So, he gave me my own schedule
  10. I'm late to this thread, but I am in family practice (just started) and the doctors see about 20-25 pts/day and the PAs about 10-20 (20 being quite rare, 15 seems average) like the OP also. This practice is definitely profitable. ?? Not sure why the discrepancy.
  11. I just started a new job as a family practice PA. In this family practice, some of the docs practice integrative medicine (all to a certain extent really). One in particular does. I'm hoping to learn under her as much as possible. That might be your best bet. Plus doing CME in integrative health. I'm really fortunate to have found this position because it's exactly what I wanted. I will tell you from what I've seen, it's seems that FP docs are more open to integrative medicine. I'm not sure about the Institute for Integrative Medicine...only CME in California? Sounds strange.
  12. I guess my biggest concern is having fewer benefits and such a low base salary. And a 2 year contract. I have a very good "gut feeling" so I have decided to go for it. The other PA who is there has been there 7 years and he loves it. He said he can't imagine ever leaving. He works afternoons like 1-8 and makes six figures. This job is a great opportunity, I believe. This practice just keeps growing and growing. They have built a new facility because the second office was way too small to accommodate the patient load. And all the docs have an awesome reputation in the community. I hope it ends
  13. I am currently in general thoracic surgery at a large university hospital, making $102k. The benefits are amazing. But the hours suck. I work 55-60 hours/week (at least). I also have a strong interest in integrative medicine (not the unproven stuff, but more the lifestyle/preventive etc stuff). I applied for a family practice position in a well-respected, well-known office that is incredibly busy and needs help (who also practices some components of integrative medicine). All the practitioners have been there years and love it. But they need help. The owner of the practice said, "When pati
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