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  1. So I finally got a job at my dream hospital!! I am currently working there as a Patient Care Technician/ PCT. However, I will be leaving for PA school next year. I really want to return to this hospital and work as a PA! The problem is that getting a job at my hospital is super competitive. Is there a way for me to ensure/ increase my chances of getting a PA job in this facility in the future? (Also, what do you guys think of requesting a absense of leave instead of quitting? Can I be able to come back to the hospital to pursue a higher position?) Thanks in advance!
  2. Any derm PA's out there who work at Kaiser, Sutter, CA Skin Institute, Berman, or other larger corporations? I'm working in private practice now and have a lot of flexibility with my schedule which is nice, but not the kind of benefits and salary I think I could potentially have at the other. Could you share your experience as far as schedule, salary and/or benefits? And, if you've worked both private and/or corporate, which do you prefer and why? Thank you!
  3. Hi everyone, I am hoping that someone will be able to point me in the direction of some hospitals or private practices that have preceptors who are willing to take PA students in the scottsdale, mesa, Glendale, chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix area of Arizona. I am currently a first year PA student at Hofstra university in New York and we are getting ready for rotations this year. For my program, we are allowed to do two rotations out of state so I hoping to go to Arizona. However, we are responsible for finding the preceptor and giving the information to Hofstra. I will be staying in Scottsdale but I am willing to drive!! Any information will be helpful as I am not really sure where to begin looking or who to contact. Thank you SO much in advance!!! Hunter
  4. Hi everyone, prospective PA here. I'm wondering if there are any PAs here that have practiced in oncology or were/are hospitalists that work closely with cancer patients. I find cancer to be a fascinating field that earns the respect of the most empathetic healthcare professionals. The nurses on the oncology unit where I work are outstanding in terms of quality of care. I haven't seen many oncological PAs in the hospital - only MDs or DOs. I want to hear about your experiences and what you do on the daily. What are your struggles on the job? What do you love about your job? How is oncology practice different from other specialties? Thanks in advance :)
  5. Hi, I have two interviews this week, one with a private urgent care clinic and one with a hospitalist general IM program at a teaching hospital. I am looking for some good interview questions I may not have thought of yet. Here's what I have so far. 1. New position or taking over an old position 2. Shift model 3. Call time and holiday/OT pay 4. Average # of patients per day 5. What does the patient population look like 6. How many providers work per shift 7. Support team 8. PTO, CME, benefits, malpractice coverage 9. Lab services 10. EMR system 11. Orientation time Am I missing anything? Let me know your questions and any advice you may have!
  6. I just heard from my new employer - a large hospital corporation - that HR thinks that it will take up to 90 days for me to be added to insurance payors after my credentialing paperwork is sent to them. I figured that as a new PA there would be fewer issues as far as the insurance was concerned because there are no disputes or claims, etc, against me. Also, the workplace does not accept Medicaid patients. How long does it take? Or how long did it take for you? I am concerned about being without a job over the holidays. I expected to start in November, but the doctor went on vacation before signing my SP forms. Ugh. Times are already financially tough in my household for my family.
  7. Hello all, Is anyone familiar with the St.louis job market? Missouri or Illinois side. I'm a new grad with a military medic background applying anywhere within an hour of the city and was wondering how the opportunities are. I grew up in St.Charles but haven't been back in a decade. There seems to be a handful of large hospital networks in the area but not many job postings. Any advice/tips would be appreciated. Thanks!
  8. Hello! I am looking for shadowing opportunities for this summer in Northern Virginia. I am open to shadowing anywhere but would prefer a hospital setting. All help would be greatly appreciated :)
  9. Do any PAs belong to a union? What would you say are the pros/cons? Is it worth it and what good do unions do for us... Thanks!
  10. Hello everyone, I applied to PA schools this cycle and started working as a CNA about 3 months ago at a convalescent hospital. I like my job, my coworkers are okay, and it fits my school schedule; HOWEVER I do want "better" hce, such as a CNA in a hospital or emergency department. My problem is that I haven't been able to get an interview for any hospital jobs. I have volunteered at a hospital and everyone I spoke to said that he or she got the job "because they knew someone"- that person being a close friend or family. One EMT even told me that he got a job in the emergency without prior experience because his dad was a charge nurse there. My problem is I don't really know anyone on a personal level who would be able to put in good word for me and I'm not the kind who can sweet talk or cozy up to the nurses and staff. This seems to be the case for many of the hospital jobs in Southern California What advice would you give me??? There was another CNA who told me to just call the HR department every other week, not too often to avoid annoyance, but just enough to let them know you are very interested. I plan on following his advice and I will also keep my current job, but will start actively looking for new positions elsewhere (in a few months). Please, any advice is greatly appreciated :) Thank!!!
  11. I was thinking of submitting my application now with a whole bunch of pending classes ( I graduate this fall) but currently I have a 4.0 spring semester GPA should I wait for the spring grades to be turned in and then submit my transcripts? or should i go ahead and submit it now and hope that I am in the first batch of applicants? (Submitting everything by May 25 vs. April 30) Would it be a big difference? please help.
  12. Hi all. In my current position (my first job out of school - been there almost 3 years), my employer has stated I am covered by the hospital's malpractice policy, which has limits of 8M/24M. Admittedly, I had a very poor understanding of my insurance when I accepted the position. Over my time in this position, I became increasing curious of the details of the policy and after nearly 6 months of asking was supplied with only a letter stating I was covered by the policy and a form stating the above limits and that the policy is a claims-made policy. I am now in the process of transitioning to a new position at a new hospital, and will again be employed by the hospital and have been told I will be covered by the hospital's policy. Through my reading on the topic, it seems that I probably should have my own private policy (and should have for the past 3 years as well. This leads to several questions: 1. If you are a hospital-employed PA, how are you insured? Only hospital policy, or hospital policy + personal policy? 2. I am now leaving my first position and it seems to me that I am going to have to purchase tail insurance. Is this true? (I have already asked this question of my directors, and they are in the process of finding out) If so, how much can I expect to pay? 3. If you are hospital-employed and have a personal policy, do you pay for it or does your employer? 4. If you are hospital-employed, how much do you know about the hospital's insurance policy under which you are covered? 5. What is the best way to handle what looks to be a similar situation in my new position? Should I just purchase my own policy? Thanks for any help you can offer. I am also interested in any other knowledge wiser and/or more experienced others can impart on this particular topic.
  13. Hello everyone, Besides a shadowing opportunity for January 2013 physician assistant applications, any medical internship / volunteer advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Tony 917-604-3605 tfal78@aol.com
  14. I am a PA working for a large hospital system...when hired about a year and a half ago, I was employed by the hospital and was not given a contract. Instead, I was given an "offer letter" which stated a basic job description, but did not give much detail, nor did it describe how salary increases would come about. I was told I would receive "pay for performance" increases, which basically amounts to a cost of living increase (when the system can afford it) when certain system-wide metrics are at or above goal. In reality, the salary adjustment has little to do with my own performance, but rather that of the system as a whole. My employment is now switching over to the physician group associated/owned by the hospital system. I was excited for this change as I saw for myself an opportunity to secure a contract and perhaps increase my salary. However, HR told me, "we don't give contracts to midlevel providers", "there will be no negotiating," "you can resign, or maybe ask if you can discuss the salary." All of these statements were made during a conversation in which my new benefits were discussed, but the HR representative would not give me the number for my "salary adjustment". Yesterday, after being ignored by said HR rep for weeks, I ran into her at a store, where she then wanted to discuss my salary (inappropriate!). While I am pleased to get a raise, the salary is still not even at the median for my state, specialty, and level of experience. Without a contract, I see no opportunities in the future to make significant salary increases. I like my job and don't really want to leave, but I can't help but feel mistreated (and infuriated) at the situation. I know I should have a contract, but in a system that employs 10,000 people, one PA's contract grudge is not anyone's concern but mine. I am still working on fighting for this for myself. In the meantime, are there any other PAs out there working without a contract? If so, how do your salary increases come about? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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