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  1. Looking for opinions on how you handle certain job application issues... For a little background, I am an experienced PA - worked in my first job for 2.5 years and am currently in my second job for 1.5 years so far. Both are highly specialized - first was pediatric interventional cardiology (i.e. cath lab/EP) and second is pediatric cardiac ICU. I am on the job hunt as my husband and I would like to move back to Philadelphia (location of job#1), and I miss being in a procedural environment. Ok, now onto my questions: 1. When applying to a position, do you typically use a resume or CV? I realize in the physician world it is exclusively CVs but I'm not sure if that translates to the APP world as sometimes I've dealt with nurse recruiters. I don't have much in the way of research, but I did present a poster at a conference, and I worked as a lab assistant before PA school so while my name isn't published on any of that research, I can include the papers in which I helped in the lab/gathering data. 2. In the past, I have always kept positions in chronological order since each subsequent position has been more relevant than the last; however now I am in the situation where I am applying to a position where job #1 is more relevant. Would you still keep it chronological or put the more relevant info first? (I suppose your answer to question 1 might influence this one.) 3. I am applying to a job in a state where I previously held a license but it is no longer active. Do I put my inactive license info on my resume/CV? Do I renew it now, not knowing if I'll get the job just to show I am serious about it? Or do I leave it off completely and just list my current, out-of-state license? 4. This one is a little more specific... When I worked in interventional cardiology (job #1), our hospital was building and interventional radiology program. Adult IR physicians from a neighboring hospital were contracted to come and do cases, utilizing our lab and our staff. While I was not credentialed to work with these physicians, I got a lot of exposure to the field through helping with coordination of cases, helping the physicians with the fluoro equipment, suggested supplies they could utilize during cases, helping with the ultrasound machine, etc. After helping with these sorts of activities for several months, I was told by a new director of APPs that this was not something I should legally be doing, even though I was not involved directly with patient care, so I stopped. About 6 months later, I left for job #2. Now, I am applying for a peds IR job and would like to put this exposure on my resume/CV - should I? Was this director being overly cautious or will it look bad that I am referencing experience in a field in which I was not credentialed? Any and all advice or experience would be greatly appreciated! :]
  2. Hi all! Looking for some insight into a very specific situation... prepare yourselves, it's a little complicated haha. Just a little background on my career so far: My first job as a PA was a procedural sub-specialty (pediatric interventional cardiology, i.e. cath lab) I launched into after rotating there as a student. I fell in love with it and didn't want to waste any time getting experience in something more general if I knew what I wanted. I worked there for almost 3 years and for the most part, loved my job. What made me decide to leave was a combination of a few things: my husband and I were both working at the same hospital and we both could feel a lot of changes coming (not for the better)... benefits were being cut every year, positions were being eliminated left and right, and it seemed like the hospital was gearing up for a buy-out or simply closing. In addition, I was not making nearly enough money compared to what I knew I could be making... I had accepted a lower salary knowing that it was what I really wanted to do, but at this point I knew I would never get a raise that would give me enough to make it worth it to stay. I also worked with a small group of people and the nursing staff were all checked out and I was getting tired of being the only one who had the patients' safety in mind (other than my supervising physician). The last straw was losing our CT surgery program which left the cath lab with significantly less volume. My husband and I decided to make a change and move to be closer to family. When thinking about my career future, I would have loved another peds cath lab job, but my dream job would be pediatric CT surgery. Now both of these positions are very specialized and really only limited to major cities, and even the places that have it don't all use PAs. I looked for these types of postings, but there wasn't anything out there, which didn't surprise me. Instead, we figured it would be better to choose a location that had peds hospital for both of us and cath and CT surgery programs for me with the hope for something in the future, in the meantime accepting less than our dream jobs. My husband found the exact position he wanted and I found something related that would give me good experience - working with the same patient population but in a different capacity (cardiac ICU). I figured I could get myself in the door and hopefully work my way into a procedural position (cath or CT surgery) eventually. Now, 8 months into my new job in a new location, I find myself not loving it. I have noticed that this institution is very much a doctor's club and less a proponent of the APP model (at least in the inpatient setting). They seem to all be comfortable with the attending/fellow/resident relationship and don't include me the way that they should; nor do they see me as on the same level as a resident or fellow which is really frustrating. My position seems to be focused on note writing and ordering only, which sucks coming from a position where I was hands-on and had a lot of autonomy. When I spoke to the director of APPs about my feelings and the fact that I'm not loving this position, I asked about more procedural-based jobs and I was told "We don't use PAs in the OR at this hospital. The residents are the priority. That's just the way that it is here." Which is a completely frustrating thing to hear. It's not that I'm miserable in my current job (I'm good at it, I don't hate it but I don't love it), but I do find myself missing what I used to do and the respect and autonomy I was given. When I first started feeling like this, I told myself that I needed to give it more time - that once I got used to it maybe it wouldn't be so bad. Maybe I could prove myself and things would improve. My husband isn't loving his job either btw (for different reasons), but we told each other that unless we were miserable we would try to focus on home life and less on our careers; which btw is something I've never done. Not that I don't have a good work/life balance, but I've always been career oriented. Sooo we said "let's not put off starting a family any longer!" (Something we had done for 3 years while I was focusing on my last job.) I gave myself 6 months in my new job before we started trying... now I am 9 weeks pregnant and we are super excited about starting a family, although my feelings about my career remain the same. So the reason for this post? Now that you have the background, I'll get to the point. After a particularly frustrating week at work, I did what every disgruntled employee does and I started looking for jobs. A blessing and a curse.... I found a posting for my dream job. In another city, after having just moved less than a year ago. And I'm 9 weeks pregnant. Shit... what do I do? Well I've got to apply, right?? It is my dream job after all. And when planning for after the baby comes, it will be me who still works full time and my husband who cuts back his hours to be home with the baby. So if I'm already not loving my job, I'm gonna love it less if I have to go and be away from my baby all day. Btw, we are renting, so a move would be a little crazy, but do-able. My husband has been so supportive. He told me I should apply, so I am currently working on my cover letter and plan to submit in the next few days. But I have been asking myself, what do I do if I get an interview?? I'm not showing yet so it won't be obvious that I'm pregnant, but do I disclose it during the interview and risk not getting an offer? Or do I wait until after I get the offer and make them feel as if I was hiding it? Even if I could start ASAP, I know that credentialing will take 2-3 months and then I'd be starting when I'm 5-6 months pregnant, only to go out on maternity leave 3-4 months into the job. Ughh my brain is spinning. Anyone have any words of wisdom? Or even just words of sympathy? I keep going between excitement for the possibility to then immediate freak-out mode with trying to coordinate everything if I get the job. Any responses are greatly appreciated!! :) Ok, I'll stop typing now.
  3. Very saddened to say I was denied to all 6 schools I applied to this cycle so, I've started the process in improving every aspect of my application for the next cycle. Below is my personal statement I submitted so if anyone could please offer any suggestions/editing, I would greatly appreciate it!! At the young age of 19, I could not fathom the life-long journey I was about to begin. As I sat in the hospital bed, staring at my daughter’s rosy cheeks and big brown eyes, overwhelmed with joy and happiness, an unsettling fear started to overshadow my dreams and future aspirations. At that moment, reality struck and brought with it welcomed, yet unyielding, obstacles that I would soon learn to overcome. My fears quickly evolved into empowerment and motivation. I was determined to overcome any obstacle or challenge presented to me as a single mother striving to become a first-generation college graduate. Through focus and hard work, I have earned Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees while simultaneously thriving in my full-time job, coaching youth soccer, and facing the endless challenges of raising my daughter. From a very young age, I knew that my care-giving instincts would lead me to a career in healthcare. My passion for healthcare has been confirmed over the past seven years while working as a clinician in the physical therapy division of a prestigious rheumatology practice. I have had the opportunity to grow and understand the realities of the medical profession. My experience has taught me the importance of optimism, confidence, and compassion in establishing a strong rapport with my patients; it is only through reducing fears and elevating the optimism of the patient that the plan of care can be successful. A common thread that weaves together the various aspects of my life is my unrelenting commitment to achieve and exceed any goals that I have established, whether those goals pertain to my aim to successfully nurture and guide my daughter through her early years of life, my drive to eclipse personal bests in each successive charity race that I run, or my endeavor to provide my patients with the highest quality of care. As a competitive marathoner who has consistently placed in the upper tier of runners, I have found that the same drive which compels me to continue running through fatigue and pain is what has also propelled me to achieve my professional and educational objectives thus far. I am confident that this same drive will help me in my pursuit of a career as a physician assistant. Undoubtedly, my cultural background has been an asset to my practice as a healthcare provider and will continue to be so. Having been raised in a Latino family in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, I am fluent in Spanish and have traveled extensively. As a result, I am able to relate to diverse cultures, beliefs, and practices which has given me a distinct advantage in treatment of those individuals in my current position. This foundation will continue to serve as an asset in my future career as a physician assistant. While my drive and commitment to achieve career goals have propelled me toward success, they have also, ironically, served to create obstacles in their own right. My dedication to advancing my education, coupled with an ability to multi-task (among my strongest attributes), have sometimes led to my taking on greater responsibility in the form of schooling than time might typically allow, which has presented challenges in time management. Nevertheless, by giving my absolute best, I have always completed my assignments successfully. These experiences have provided valuable lessons and have only served to strengthen my resolve and heighten my confidence in my ability to achieve success in the face of adversity. My strength as a candidate for the physician assistant program lies in my drive and passion to achieve my goals, regardless of the challenges faced. I will strive to accomplish my goal of becoming a physician assistant because it offers the opportunity of a fulfilling and rewarding career dedicated to helping my fellow human beings. Further, I want to continue to make my daughter proud of her mother by showing her that through hard work, passion, and dedication, one can overcome all obstacles that life presents while still helping others. As I seek to become a skilled physician assistant and an advocate of my profession, I am eager to enroll in a program that will make it possible to unite both my personal and professional goals.
  4. I was wondering if I could get some advice on my resume/CV... I am just about to finish PA school and since my rotations are really the most relevant thing for the jobs I'll be applying for, that's what I focused on. It's 2 pages right now and I could probably cut out the skills section to cut it down, but I'd like to know what everyone thinks about it as-is. I was also told that it's better NOT to put GPAs on my resume because no one cares about it, so I'd like to hear people's opinions on that. I'm also a member of AAPA and PSPA so I can add that if people think it would help. Anyway, let me know what you think about it because I'd like to start applying for jobs soon! Thanks! :] LK_newCV_PAforum.pdf
  5. I have been filling out job applications online and most never ask about social security numbers. But recently it seems like some of these hospitals are asking for them. These tend to be the longer, more involved applications, as opposed to just filling in your name, address and uploading your resume. Would any of you trust this? I know several people having their numbers/identity stolen so I am very apprehensive about this. I'm thinking of just making a blanket statement to myself and saying I won't apply anywhere that asks about it.
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