Okay. So I have been having trouble finding a job out of PA school. I graduated in December. I applied to a few residencies and fellowships and made it to the final round of one of the residencies but ultimately was not chosen. (This process took 2.5 months of my life= 1.5 months waiting for the interview and 1 month waiting for the results).
So now I am 7 months out of school and without a job. The biggest problem is that I struggle with confidence. I did very well on all my tests in school but I feel like 2 years in school wasn't enough for me to be ready to practice medicine. Unfortunately, all of the fellowships and residences have deadlines that have passed so I am trying to find a job that will be welcoming of a new grad and be training heavy.
I have a few interviews/job offers but need some advice of which would be best for me.
One job primary care. They will give me 1-2 weeks of shadowing the doctor then 2 months of working in the same clinic with the doctor who I can utilize for questions. After that time I would be solo at one of the clinics. Pay is okay 90k but job is in California which is kind of expensive.
One job is Urgent care. Shadowing for maybe 1 month then would be solo "sometimes" at 2 of their locations. But able to call doc at other locations if I have a question. Better pay and benefits than the primary care job. But I have read on the forum that Urgent care may not be the best for a new grad to start in.
One jobs is endocrinology (I am scared this may be too specific for my first job and I may not be able to get out of this specialty if I end up not liking it).
Any advice of which I should take if offered the position (knowing that I am a new grad who struggles with confidence)? I wish there were more residencies and fellowships for pAs!
Curious if anyone had recommendations for useful gastroenterology books, as I will begin working in an inpatient & outpatient setting in 2 weeks. I would like to study the "basics" so the practice doesn't instantly regret hiring me ;) Any recommendations (or even advice) is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
(P.S. -- yes, I did see that the same question was posted in 2011. Though, would like to see if people have different ideas 7 years later!)
Hey all, would appreciate your inputs- thoughts, questions, concerns welcomed. Thanks!
Rural midwest FQHC, 4 or 5 day work week. Low COL area.
85k base (nonnegotiable, increase to 90k after 2 yrs, no productivity)
10k student loan reimbursement
Retirement 1% match, w/ potential 1% extra dependent on overall practice productivity
Health benefits req. ~$30-100 monthly contribution
a little over 7 weeks accrued PTO yearly (includes everything- vaca, holidays if scheduled, sick, cme)
Natl and state professional assoc fees, license, PANCE paid for, won't say no to others within reason. (Uptodate incl)
malpractice with tail incl. but I need to spend more time understanding the actual coverage
Has anyone transitioned to primary care from a specialty? I'm a relatively new grad that has about 2 yrs of experience, all primary care jobs. I've always wondered what it would be like to be in a specialty. I'm feeling the burnout already and mostly from the charting. I've had 2 different primary care jobs and the charting is pretty heavy in both. I'm pretty quick about typing and charting too and I still don't see how it can get any faster than it already is for me.
More importantly, is the stress level at a specialty any lower, especially considering the fact that your visits are more focused in one area? Between taking everything into consideration, along with walk-ins/sick visits, new patient visits, annual visits-- primary care can give someone an ulcer just thinking about the workflow.
I begin PA school in January of 2018 and beginning in March our program is placing us into what they call Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE), where we spend time in a primary care, family practice or internal medicine practice for 4-5 hours one day a week for the remainder of the didactic year (through December 2018) in order to get mentorship and training in patient care.
I have been in research and healthcare for a long time now (7+ years), and have quite a bit of prior clinic experience and patient exposure across the UCSF network both in San Francisco and Oakland. Unfortunately because my work has always been in specialty clinics I do not have a network of colleagues and prior mentors in primary care/internal medicine.
If you are a certified PA, MD or DO in primary care/IM in the Contra Costa or Alameda counties and are willing to accept a student in 2018, I would love the opportunity to speak with you. I am happy to send my CV to you as well. If you know anyone who might be interested, I would appreciate your referral as well.