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 I accepted my first job as a PA hospitalist in May.  I signed a "written agreement" which states my start date for August 3rd.  I went in for training for the first week as the hospital's credentialing meeting was not until the following week.  So, the private group I work for had me come in for a week for training.  Two days ago, I was told that the actual board meeting wasn't until the end of the month and now I can't start until September, however even though I am a salaried employee they will only compensate me for the 48 hours ( 6 days) that I worked so far.  They said that they won't change my "contract" so that I can get the raise next August.  I quit my previous job as an emt and now have no income until probably the middle of September.  Not only am I losing thousands of dollars, my supervising physician stated that now he would like me to do more weekends (it is in my written agreement that I work every third weekend of the month) and stay longer if it is busy- (I am M-F 8 hr days) I already had to negotiate prior to accepting the job for two days off the following week after I work the third weekend every month, otherwise I would be working 12 consecutive days and only having 4 days off a month; all for a salary of only 72,000.  It states in my agreement that my schedule including hours may change according to the physicians schedule.  Please help. I am not sure what to do.

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Find a new job?  That lovely little disclaimer they had of 'schedule may change according to...' generally gives them the ability to pull those stunts.  In my experience they just have to give 2 weeks notice of a change.  You won't be working for a few weeks so see what else is out there.  Sounds like you got a raw deal.

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Move on. As an aside, I just don't understand how anyone would accept a salary in the 70s, especially as a hospitalist. I deal with some really sick patients and have to make decisions that can seriously impact their outcome. I would never deal with that for 72k. Your collaborating doc is making 220k+.

 

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You're in a bad situation.  I agree with above, if you're going to have a gap in income regardless I would terminate employment and begin job searching again.  Utilize this forum and the AAPA salary report (not the best but whatever) to get fair compensation.  Anything in the 70's is absolutely ridiculous. 

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I have an interview this Friday.  I currently do not have my employer listed on my resume, however I have a large gap (1 yr) due to taking time off from school and travelling Europe and then waiting 3.5 months to get credentialed. Should I mention  this employer as part of the reason for the gap but do not identify them? Or should I not mention them at all. 

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Don't mention them since you are not actually working for them. A new employer should accept your foreign travel as a valid reason for the gap and, as for your current agreement, it sounds like they are in breach of contract so forget them. They are going to work you to death and it doesn't sound like you will be compensated for all the extra hours. I am surprised you don't know what to do. Your situation is untenable and will only get worse so you need to get out now, before you get stuck in that meat grinder. The loss of income is unfortunate but, hopefully, you now know how to negotiate a better deal.

 

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