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  1. I wanted to share a conference that I'm helping plan in January 2020: Pediatric Sports Medicine Conference: Managing Pain in Your Young Athletes After Injuries. I attended last year and really enjoyed the content. It sold out last year, so if you're interested in attending, be sure to register before the end of Dec. UCSF Benioff Sports Medicine faculty will present evidence-based management of acute and chronic pain, including the roles of ice, splints and braces, pain medication, cognitive behavioral therapy and physical therapy. By the end of this conference, participants will be abl
  2. I am trying to show the ortho practice that I work for that investing in a good US machine and training me (and a few other PAs) on how to use it to diagnose would be beneficial. Does anyone know where I could find statistics on the cost effectiveness, accuracy compared to MRI, % of practices that currently use US... etc. I've been digging into journals for most of my information but they like to see numbers from reputable sources. Thanks
  3. Hey - Looking for some advice. I'm a PA, 4 years out of school, 1 year NSG and 3 years ED experience, currently in the ED. Trying to get a better schedule as we work a ton of nights and weekends, also holidays and on-call. Staff is overwhelmed constantly - I love the nursing and other peeps but I'm getting to the point where I just can't take it anymore. Ive interviewed at a spine and also a multi-specialty ortho place. Pay is at least 10K less than what I'm making now but better schedule... both include OR/office and one day of call. Spine includes hospital rounding before and afte
  4. I started a new job in orthopedic surgery 4 months ago with an orthopedic surgical group. Some of the surgeons allow residents to train under them in the OR and clinic. So far, the residents have been cool and I’ve learned some stuff from them. However, I sometimes get the sense I am jockeying for position as the first assist. Ultimately, my role is to assist the primary surgeon. For instance, during shoulder scopes the resident will stand at the head of patient (lateral positioning), then the surgeon, and then I’m towards the feet of the patient. I noticed I’m pretty useless down
  5. My wife and I are planning on moving to Seattle this fall. We are both PAs, I work in orthopedics and my wife does urogynecology. We just submitted our applications for WA state license. Roughly how long does it take to get a license? We both have 4 years experience and based on current job postings I was thinking our salary would roughly be $115K, is this within reason for a PA with 4 years experience in Seattle? I currently work as an inpatient Ortho PA at a teaching hospital and would prefer a similar position. Are there any hospitals other than UW that may have a similar position? I am
  6. I love about 90% of my job, don't hate coming into work everyday, and really like the people I work with. A few days ago a colleague of mine (classmate from PA school) who works in a suburb of the city where I live and work, called and basically asked if I wanted to come work for their practice who is expanding and adding new MD partners, subsequently looking to add another PA. It's sort of my dream job in terms of type of practice (general ortho/sports medicine with coverage of local athletic teams, lots of opportunity for OR time and different procedures, seemingly more autonomy than th
  7. For those interested in a hands-on healthcare opportunity: Mezona Orthopaedic in Gilbert, AZ is currently hiring for a student intern position to work alongside an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hands and wrists. Applicants must be available to work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am-5pm. Applicants must be graduated from college or currently graduating seniors, and commit to one year of employment. This position offers the opportunity to: -Assess and treat conditions related to upper extremities. Assessment and treatment include: obtaining patient vitals, assessing signs, sym
  8. I started practicing 2 years ago as a PA in an Ortho-Spine practice, my responsibilities including First assist 2.5 days/week, rounding, clinic 2.5 days/week, rare call, rare weekends, also administrative tasks such as compiling surgical outcomes, assisting the training of staff, implementing new policies and procedures with staff etc. I was't excited about my initial salary and benefits but I have really enjoyed the work. I have gotten significant raises over the past couple of years but during my last raise/review there were interesting comments about decreasing my rate of salary growth wh
  9. Hey upcoming recent grad looking for advice on what career to pursue 1st. The end game is to be a seasoned Ortho PA who excels in that field. But I was wondering if it is better for a new graduate to do about a year of IM to get a more general understanding of medicine then go into orthopedics or should I just go straight into orthopedics? Basically am I a better orthopedic provider/more marketable later on starting IM first or starting straight to ortho? All responses are appreciated. Thanks
  10. Hey everyone, need some advice. I am a second year PA student with an Athletic Training background set to graduate on Oct 1st of this year and have two orthopedic job offers waiting. I was hoping you guys who take a look and give me any/all advice you have. Job A Exciting position in practice that does not have a PA but Dr. I would be working with has experience training PAs. Base $95,000 Bonus 10% of base 22 days PTO (if holiday falls on week day, counts against PTO) Call 1 weekend a month 5 days CME with 2k allowance Malpractice with tail coverage Health insurance on da
  11. I am a family practice PA about to start negotiations with a joint replacement group in a large city in the southeast US. I have 3 years experience as a PA-C in family practice as well as previous athletic training experience (ATC). I really want to move into ortho for the long-term, and I think this might be a good practice to go with. They office manager has started the whole "be thinking about what you want in terms of compensation" discussion - so I've been thinking. Will you guys give me feedback on whether this sounds reasonable or not? - Mon-Fri, normal business hours, no round
  12. Hi guys, I'm a new grad interviewing for a couple of different jobs. Just got my first offer yesterday, and was wondering what you all think. Elective ortho surgery, basically equal time split between office and first assist in surgery. 5 days/wk, no nights, no weekends, no call, no holidays. I live in the southeastern US. Salary 80k + 50% what I make beyond overhead $2000 CME/2yrs Full medical, dental, vision available for $240/mo for me+family. Malpractice is paid for by the practice but I don't think they have tail coverage. 401k matches up to 4% of yearly salary plus additional co
  13. Hello everyone! I have been a Neurosurgery PA for about 5 years and just recently moved to Atlanta, GA. Given my experience, what kind of salary should I expect in Neurosurgery, Ortho-Spine surgery and Pain management in the Atlanta area? Currently I am looking for positions in either specialties so want to get a basic idea of all 3. I just don't want to settle for something low since I am not familiar with the current market rate in this area. Any suggestions would be appreciated :smile:Thank you!
  14. Hey all, this is my first post, and I am hoping for some advice on a situation I am in. I am about to start my first job in orthopedic surgery and there is going to be a waiting period between the time I pass the PANCE and the time I am licensed. My future employer would like me to start as soon as possible however my contracted salary will not begin until I have my license. They are willing to pay me for my time prior to getting my license so I will be there to get into the groove of things and start learning. We do not have an agreed upon compensation yet and I was wondering what the norm
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