Pre-PA here. I was wondering if anyone has insight into the current and likely future job market in the DFW area, or into saturated markets for PA's in general. I would intend to live in the DFW area after graduation. I gather that due to the presence of two PA schools and 3 NP schools in the area that we are pretty saturated. I'm trying to understand what this means in terms of current and future benefits and salary.
I am a non-traditional applicant working a job with a good salary currently. I'm trying to justify foregoing 30 months of salary at my current job for school. According to data I saw, the average salary in the area is around $103,000. Is this likely to decline? Is it possible to make substantially more than this in the area with experience and ability? Are benefits like 401k match and PTO declining?
Thank you for your help!
* DERMATOLOGY MEDICAL ASSISTANT - MIDTOWN WEST*
Welcoming, friendly and motivated individual for Medical Assistant position in our small, established Midtown West Dermatology practice. We are interested ONLY in applicants who planning a future career as a Physician Assistant - and want to gain experience in the medical field before applying to graduate school.
This is a great way to gain experience, get shadowing hours & boost your CV before applying to this highly competitive field! Most of our prior Medical Assistants have gone on to attend various prestigious PA programs after completing this internship.
We would need a commitment or 1.5-2 years minimum. You would be working closely with Carrie Doolan, RPA-C and Dr. Alan Glass, who have more than 20 years professional experience.
APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING:
Reliability, honesty and compassion.
Flexibility with schedule: (jobs are full time, 5 days a week including several evenings but NO weekends).
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of EMR or at least tech savvy (this is a paperless office - iPad-based).
Prior experience in Dermatology a plus
Promoting a peaceful, professional atmosphere.
Triaging patients and maintaining flow from waiting area to exam rooms.
Respecting patient privacy and compliancy with HIPPA.
Inspecting exam rooms before and after each patient and restocking supplies.
Prepping and maintaining clean treatment rooms to OSHA standards.
In depth knowledge of pre and post care treatment to educate patients,
Assisting providers with medical, surgical and cosmetic procedures.
Processing biopsies and cultures, logging data accordingly and interacting with laboratory.
Performing inventory of supplies and equipment and communicating needs for ordering.
Sterilizing equipment using autoclave.
Cross training with front desk staff for emergency coverage.
Willingness to learn common Dermatology language and treatments to effectively communicate with providers, patients and pharmacy staff.
Attending mandatory monthly meetings and quarterly outings to provide feedback, make suggestions for improvements and promote a cohesive team environment.
INTERESTED? Email your resume & questions to 57WestDerm@icloud.com
I am a dec 2018 grad board certified with a MA license, but having a lot of difficulty finding a job due to the "3-5 years experience" clause and the fact that many places are now giving priority to NP.
A few months back family members had suggested I get a job as an MA but I dismissed the idea as I wanted to spend more time looking for a PA position and didn't think I would be hired as one without having completed a formal Medical Assisting program. Now over 6 months post graduation with no job offers and loan payments coming in, a few medical professionals have now mentioned the idea again.
So before I start applying I wanted to see if any one has done this or knows if it is allowed? The other hurdle of course would be if the employer would hire knowing that I would be looking for a PA position... thoughts?
I’ve recently been offered a position as a dialysis tech in an outpatient center. I shadowed the other day and the staff seamed friendly. My main duties would be weighing patients, cannulating them and setting up the machines, drawing labs, and monitoring their vitals throughout treatment. This all would be under the supervisions of an RN. I would work 8 and 10 hour shifts. I was hoping someone who has worked as a dialysis tech or knows someone who has could give me feedback about their experiences. I do already have 2 years experience volunteering as an EMT-A on a fairly busy service and plan on continuing to do so.
I have also been invited to interview for a medical assistant position at an urgent care, but the interview is after the deadline to decide if I’m going to accept the dialysis position.
The pros I see in working as a dialysis tech: Getting to know my patients and their cases. Experience in the chronic disease side of medicine.
Cons: It’s could be repetitive work and I would really only learn about kidney disease.