I am currently finishing up my undergraduate coursework and preparing my CASPA application. I would love to gain some experience by finding a PA to shadow. I am located in the Palm Beach Gardens area. Driving outside of my location is possible. I am looking for many opportunities to gain experience in all areas of the PA profession to better understand the field.
Was hoping to get some opinions on an offer before I accept, this is my first contract as a new grad!
Position is a fellowship located in New York, level III trauma center seeing 70K patients a year. First 12 months a physician will always also see your patients, with review to determine if you can begin seeing level 4/5 independently for the last 6 months. Not the greatest area but that means a very diverse patient population. There is NO residency program, so the PA fellows have first dibs at procedures and other opportunities if they want to learn them. Lead PA has been there 10+ years which tells me something, and says PAs get a very high level of autonomy in this ED with great physician support.
18 month contract (can sever with 120 days' notice)
Full time hourly at $40.95/hr (+$5/hr night differential). 36 hours/week at 12-hour shifts rotating between observation, fast track and main ED. 5 hours/week didactic education. Opportunities to pick up additional shifts at 1.5x base. (Based on scheduling preferences/OT, anywhere between 88-100K/year)
Full medical/dental/vision/disability benefits (Was told you don't get benefits summary until after you sign, is this standard? I find this strange and need to clarify)
401K match (need to obtain details)
Malpractice + tail
Full reimbursement for license/DEA
$1,500 CME allowance/year
NO PTO except as required by state law (was told they work with your requests and are able to schedule you early one week/late next to gain 7-8 days off for vacation though)
5K completion bonus at end of term, additional 5K retention bonus if you accept a position there at the end of the fellowship
ACLS, ATLS, PALS, emergency ultrasound and emergency airway training provided
Seems like a great opportunity as a fellowship to get my foot in the door of EM (have spent 5 months applying for EM positions in various states across the country with no bites, and I've been an EMT 8 years). Thanks in advance!
First, I would like to start off by introducing myself.
My name is Rylie Yager and I am a junior in my undergrad at Grand Valley State University. I am majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience, minoring in Psychology and Biology with a pre - PA emphasis.
Due to the competitiveness when it comes to admissions in to PA programs, I have been attempting to prepare to become the best possible applicant for when I apply to PA programs next summer (2022). It is stressful and beyond overwhelming - especially being that I am the first member of my family to be attending college, let alone grad school. I've had to figure out everything related to college on my own; from scheduling courses to managing everything that comes along with being a college student whom has to finically support themselves simultaneously. Thus far, I feel like I have been keeping up with the punches that this new journey has thrown my way. Now, I am on a new journey to become a PA - which is terrifying but also exciting. Being that I have been working along my education journey on my own, all I know is from research that I have done myself and contacting facility at my university. But I would like to receive more input and advise that could help me - and I am sure many others - on this journey of becoming a PA. Being how competitive it is to be admitted into a PA program, I am doing all that I can think of to become a worthy applicant - and would love advise from others who are on this journey and those who have surpassed it and are willing to give advise on how to get there.
I have listed some of the things that I have done/currently doing to help prepare me for my future in a PA program, and as a PA:
Server in a nursing home
Receptionist in a nursing home
Medical technician in a nursing home
Behavioral neuro technician in an inpatient facility
Mental health technician in a psychiatrics hospital (current)
Overall GPA: 3.678
BIO 328 SWS Biomedical Ethics
BIO 376 Genetics Laboratory
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry Discussion
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry Lab
PSY 300S WS Research Methods in Psych
367 Health Psychology
AHS 100 Medical Terminology
BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology (RETAKE)
213 Laboratory in Microbiology (RETAKE)
PHY 200 Physics for the Life Sciences
PSY 400 Advanced Research in Psychology
BIO 121 General Biology II with lab
BIO 355 Human Genetics
CHM 231 Introductory Organic Chemistry with lab
PSY 303 Psychopathology
PSY 311 SWS Controversial Issues Psych
PSY 330 Foundations of Behav Neuroscience
BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology
BMS 213 Laboratory in Microbiology
BMS 251 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
PSY 324Developmental Psychopathology
WRT 219 Creative Writing Workshop
CHM 230 Intro to Organic and Biochem with lab
FIT 125 Performance Weight Training
HST 102 European Civilizations
PSY 364 Life Span Developmental Psych
WRT 150Strategies in Writing
BMS 250Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
CHM 109 Introductory Chemistry with lab
PHI 202 Ethics of Health
SOC 105 Social Problems
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
BIO 121 General Biology II
Writing portfolio utilized by writing department for grading scale
Community Food Bank Grand Rapids
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?
Hello PA Forum,
I am new to the pre-PA path, and I am a bit overwhelmed by the things that need to get done over the next years. I am finishing up my freshman year and have decided that getting into PA school is my goal. After some research I have come to the understanding that I need to have prerequisite courses completed. However, I am very lost on where to start. Some schools require upper level this and lower level that. I dont want to waste any more time then I already have, given that I have been a CS major for my entire first year, so Im very worried about making the wrong choices for next semester. Here is a run down of the classes I've taken as a freshman CS student (I will switch out to another major). Keep in mind I have not taken introductory English courses because of AP college credit.
Bio 101, CPSC 120, POSC 100, Pre-Calculus
Geology 101, CPSC 121, Calculus I, HCOM 100
What should I take this summer or in the fall? I would greatly appreciate some guidance. Registration is in a few weeks and I do not have too much time to make a decision on my fall classes. I was thinking of taking a more challenging course over the summer so I could focus on it by itself, and maybe take psychology next semester, but I feel like im missing something like chemistry or anatomy.