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  1. Hi all, I'm graduating PA school tomorrow and taking my PANCE in a week (wooooo!). I'm highly motivated to pursue a career in emergency medicine, particularly rural EM, and interviewed at multiple programs this summer. Unfortunately, I did not get into a program that felt like the right fit for my goals, so I've decided to reapply to more of the quality programs with open applications this fall. Most of these residencies don't start until late next spring or summer. Here's the issue: that would leave me with a minimum 7 month gap in employment, and up to 10 or 11 months, before starting a residency. That's terrifying! As far as I can tell, here are my only options, none feeling all that great: 1. Find a non-clinical job to fill the time/money gap. I have a job offer with an EMR implementation & consulting company that is OK with my timeline, but I fear I would lose so much knowledge if I'm not actually practicing what I've learned these last two years. Also, this might reflect poorly on my applications this fall. 2. Locum tenens work, ideally in urgent care or EM, but may have to do family med for a bit. I'm not really comfortable with this, as I've read on here that locums might be a pretty terrible idea for a new grad. The last thing I want to do is be in an unsafe environment, but somehow this feels like the better option. 3. Take an urgent care or EM job, not disclosing my plans to leave (who would hire me otherwise?). This feels dishonest and I'm least comfortable with this idea. I think it'd be terribly rude to leave any clinic/ED in such a short period when they've put in the effort to train a new grad. Am I off base with that? I could also work somewhere for a few years then reapply, but we all know how life goes; I'd rather do the hard work now before family/house payment/etc are deterrents. I'm really stuck on this and hoping that the experienced crowd here could impart some wisdom in my process. I'd really appreciate any advice!
  2. I currently work locum tenens with CompHealth. I am a W2 employee and receive benefits, including health insurance, through them. I would like to branch out and work with other companies as an independent contractor, but I am absolutely bewildered by obtaining health insurance on my own. From what I've researched, 'Obamacare' is linked to the states. I am a resident of Texas, so I can't imagine how it does me any good to only be able to see providers in Texas when I'm on assignment in Arizona! Do people who take this option count on just seeing their PCP when they are home and otherwise use their health insurance for emergency only while they are on assignment? Are there plans that aren't state-linked? Cobra is outrageous, don't suggest it. I am not married, so spouse insurance is not an option. What are others doing to tackle this problem? What other companies offer a health insurance option?
  3. I worked for a practice on a locum tenens basis for a while, and the doc has offered me a full time position. In the initial unofficial contract offer (he gave me a sheet of paper with some figures on it) he said the practice would pay the temp agency buy-out, and also verbally said he would take care of it. Now, the official contract says the clinic will pay it, but I would repay the clinic for it on a quarterly basis. It's $12,000! Base salary: $78,000 (with bonus up to 103K) I will pay my all my own benefits. I know it's not great, but my background situation hasn't provided me with many options (i'll leave out the details), so I really don't want to lose this opportunity. But the contract seems to stink. My main question is about the buy-out. Anybody have a similar experience?
  4. I'd like to find out what I might expect for hourly rate for locums work in the San Francisco/Bay Area. I have 10 years of experience in surgery (cardiac 2 yrs, vascular 2yrs, general surgery 5 yrs +8 yrs per diem also covering urology consults/inpatients and some thoracic), anesthesia 1.5 yrs (ran pre-admission testing clinic until practice dissolved), and now emergency medicine x1 year and counting. Willing to do surgery or emergency medicine, possibly urgent care. I've been told by a recruiter $80/hr is a reasonable expectation, but $85 or higher is a rather tall order. Recruiter has also told me licensing can take 6-9 months and would cost $500-900, but then the app fee as per the state board is max $275...not sure whether the info I'm getting from her is trustworthy. Also, I would expect a recruiter to try to low ball you as far as hourly rate is concerned. Looking to relocate there, and trying to decide whether to apply for perm positions up front or do locums for a while to try different things while I acclimate and figure out where I should settle. I have heard that the market is rather flooded with new grads making jobs tough for them, but someone with my level of experience should be pretty in demand. I have applications in for 2 perm positions, one for which I got a very quick response asking for a phone interview, and a slew of recruiters that have contacted me since I updated my LinkedIn profile. Also just sent in my CA license application myself (rather than doing it through a locums agency with the "proactive licensing" option she explained where they say they cover that high cost of licensure and you agree to do an assignment with them, which sounded a bit fishy. In case it helps, I am currently in Boston. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Hello all, I was recently accepted into PA school :):) and I am already thinking of possible paths to take once I finish school. I really like the idea of traveling all over the country as a practicing PA and gaining experience in a variety of settings. I've heard of a travel nurse and all of the benefits, but is there a such thing as a "travel PA"? I've done some research on this topic and I seem to come across "locum tenens" positions a lot, but is this similar to what a travel nurse does, in terms of working with traveling companies, having a lot of options and negotiation in the contracts, and receiving great benefits, etc.? Is it common for PAs to take only locum tenens positions as their full time source of income throughout the year? What are your thoughts? I honestly just want to learn more and I am open to ANY and ALL feedback! :)
  6. Do any of you who work Locum Tenens under a 1099 position have an LLC or do you work only as a Sole Proprietor? The tax requirements are the same but I am considering forming an LLC for my protection against any malpractice liability to protect my personal assets. Of course, any Locum job I get I will ensure that the company provides malpractice coverage. But I am concerned about extra protection in case the malpractice insurance doesn't fully cover everything in the event of a catastrophic lawsuit. I've had an LLC before with a previous 1099 position and doing the taxes (I used TurboTax) was very simple to do, so I'm not worried about that. I've also heard that as a medical professional, we should form a PLLC Professional Limited Liability Corporation, not an LLC. Not sure which we should form as a P.A. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  7. Hey everyone- So I've been in the locum tenens recruiting space for awhile now, and have heard all kinds of stories regarding interactions between PA's and recruiters. For those who do locums, or even permanent positions, what have been your experiences with them? What do you expect out of your recruiters? Are they more friends to you, or just a part of the business? What tips do you have for recruiters to better understand you, and the industry as a whole?
  8. Good afternoon all. I'm in my final few months of PA school and starting the job search and application process. I'm interested in moving to Boston. I was wondering if you guys could give me some insight into locum tenens positions. Pros and cons, would they consider a new grad, would it be a decent way to relocate to a new area, that sort of thing. Thanks!
  9. Current & Future Physician Assistants! My name is Scott Aronian and I want to take a moment to tell you a little about Locum Tenens. Locum Tenens is best defined as Choice. You have the power and ability to choose the best path. Your able to pick your assignment, your schedule, your location, your housing most importantly your career! My job is to show all providers what’s out there in the physician assistants market and provide options for their careers below I have put some pointers about locum tenens for everyone to check out. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at any time. My Cell phone is 978-968-8577 and my work line is 978-712-3108. Thanks again, Scott Try out new practice settings: Locum tenens work can be a great way to see the inner workings of a small group practice, try out tele-medicine, experience a rural hospital or a community clinic without having to make a long-term commitment. See the country Ever dreamed of being a country Physician Assistant? Check out rural Wyoming. Been landlocked for decades? Try a coastal city. A locum tenens agency will help you get a license in a new state, so don't be afraid to make a cross-country move. After all, it's only temporary. It pays to go locum - Most locum tenens assignments pay rates that are competitive with permanent positions plus you get paid housing, transportation, a per diem and paid malpractice insurance coverage. To add in we pay direct deposit! Industry leading support: When you work with Barton Associates, you’re supported by a team of experienced locum tenens staffing experts, including recruiters, account managers, licensing and credentialing specialists, travel and accommodation specialists, and others committed to making your locum tenens experience a success. Barton Associates can also help you get your CV presentable. Malpractice Insurance provided: Barton Associates provides rated medical malpractice insurance for all of its locum tenens doctors while on assignment, free of charge. Barton is also able to assist you in enrollment in patient funds if required by the state in which you practice. Work where you want, when you want: Barton Associates is a leading national locum tenens firm with locum jobs available across the U.S. in a wide variety of medical specialties. Our extensive network of contacts and experienced staff gives our locum physicians the freedom to work when and where they want throughout the United States. My success comes from following my own recruiting guidelines: Always being Available Always following through with the plan Always matching providers with opportunities not just jobs. About Me: My Name is Scott Aronian and I grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts with 4 siblings, 2 brothers and one sister. I Graduated from Chelmsford High School in 2004 and from their I went off to college to Salem State University where i graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2009. During college I worked at the YMCA with the elementary school and continued to work their until i started at Barton Associates in November of 2009, I have enjoyed every minute of it. Scott Aronian | Senior Recruiter (O)978.712.3108 | 10 Dearborn rd Peabody, MA (F) 888.502.0719 | © 978-968-8577 saronian@bartonlocums.com
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