I'm a new grad PA on the job hunt. I've been applying to everything but I really want to work in the ED, inpatient hospitalist, or in an urgent care. I've applied to countless job postings (over 120) with only a couple phone interviews, but nothing has really panned out. I'm also willing to relocate and have passed my boards. It seems like those specialties aren't hiring new grads right now which is frustrating.
I just recently received an offer from an addiction medicine clinic I interviewed at. They're offering 85k until I'm credentialed then 105k. They have an RVU bonus up to 35k per year. Malpractice and medical insurance are covered with 401K matching and 3 weeks PTO for the first year then 5 weeks after. The clinic is great, the providers truly care about their patients. It's not just a methadone clinic, they have group therapy, psychologists, social workers, and coaches for their patients. In addition, everybody there seems to truly care about what they do.
My only apprehension with accepting this offer is that I'll get stuck in addiction medicine/behavioral health. It's easy to get pigeon-holed and lose a lot of your general clinic knowledge working in behavioral health. I'm worried I won't be able to transition to working in the ED which is what I truly desire. So my question is, does anyone have insight or transition from addiction medicine/behavioral health to another specialty, such as family med, hospital med, GI, etc...? Should I reject the offer and wait it out until I get a position in a medical specialty?
I've seen a few posts on the forum hinting at the benefits of working in addiction medicine, but I wanted to formally ask if any of you have worked or currently work in addiction med, what has your experience been?
I have worked in psychiatry for the last two years since graduating, and while I find it interesting in theory, practice has been unfulfilling. I had a rotation in a dual diagnosis facility, and it was easily the best clinical experience I've had to date. I'd love to transition into addiction med but would first like to hear some pros and cons from fellow PAs who have significant experience in this specialty.
What is your facility like? How is the patient population? What is your typical patient load each day?
What training did you receive and did you have prior experience?
Do you feel more or less stress/burnout than other specialties you've practiced in?
Is the pay competitive?
If some of you could help answer any of these questions, I'd be quite grateful.