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Hi all

 

Wife and I are PA s, 3 years experience.

Her sports med and PCP

Me uro

 

Looking to move to slc area

 

Good place to live and practice? Benefits and wages decent?! Thanks..if anyone is around to answer!

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I can't speak to practice and wages much but I am in Salt Lake and LOVE IT. I think its a great place to live with lots of places to escape outdoors when you need. If you are out-doorsy then this is definitely a great place to live. One big drawback is air quality, We have an "Inversion effect" in the valley every winter that seems to just be getting worse every year. I shadowed at the University of Utah a lot and the PA's there seem to really enjoy great benefits, good work life balance, and a system that understands the value of PA's and wants to utilize them as much as possible. Sorry I am not the best resource but those are my 2 cents.  

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I'm from SLC and did my undergrad at University of Utah. I also worked at the hospital for a long time. Great facility! Healthcare in general is amazing in Utah. Love the sports med/ortho center at the UofU... Wonderful staff and resources (speaking as a patient). Cost of living is good (but going up) and there are a ton of outdoor activities. Pay is not great (not sure about PAs, but RNs & NPs make less than other states). And as the poster above mentioned, the air quality is horrible! That was the main reason we left SLC.

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Also, I would recommend Avenues, Millcreek, Sugarhouse or Cottonwood Heights for places to live. And IMC is a great hospital that is easy to access, but I'm partial to the U. Not sure if you're looking to work at a large hospital, clinic, etc.

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My home state and I am sticking around here for the long-term. Applying for jobs now as I finish up PA school.

 

Cost of living is rising a lot, especially in SLC area. Traffic can be terrible, and the air quality is getting horrific in the valleys during the cold months, but can be escaped at higher elevations like Park City.

 

The economy is strong and the population is growing both from the birth rate and numerous people moving here, which bodes well as far as PA job security and demand for healthcare. Compared to the rest of the nation however, starting salaries aren't great. I believe this is largely due to the almost ubiquitous presence of University of Utah healthcare and Intermountain healthcare. Intermountain at times, seems to have a near monopoly. There's not a lot of competition so they pay what they want, and Intermountain treats NPs and PAs as equal, calling them APCs... and paying them the same.

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