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I am a new grad and have been offered a "working interview". Does anyone know what this entails? I have a license but it's not fully active until i submit a SP. Not to mention I dont have malpractice coverage so I am assuming I shouldn't see patients? what about taking a history but not doing PE?

 

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It would likely be you following someone around for a few hours/day and just see how you interact with them and patients and how they interact with you.  Less likely to be where you are actually seeing patients independently.  

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In the future, I would ask for clarification of what this would entail just to clear up any confusion.  It's likely fine, but I would not agree to seeing patients in any capacity as part of an interview.  If you aren't employed you don't see patients, including "just" doing the history, vitals, whatever.  To do so means that you are part of the patient's care and absolutely could be named in a lawsuit - usually you would be dismissed as a student or similar, but if you are a licensed PA you are NOT a student.  Shadowing is VERY different, and depending on the situation I would be fine with it.

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Most likely you’ll be alongside the provider interacting with the patient. You don’t know how the electronic health record works, or even how to get any information from it, so as dramatic as it may seem, you are basically shadowing in such a way that they can get a sense of how personable you are. It’s an uncomfortable situation if you don’t know how to talk to people and adapt to the fact that it’s a test. I think maybe because you are a new grad, they want to know you aren’t going to make them look bad. 

This may be controversial from here forward, but personally, I think that’s strange for them to ask you to do that. I don’t know if it’s a reflection of where the world has come to for them to feel like they have to screen folks like that, or if it’s disrespectful that they would feel they are so special that they need to test you. It might even be that they are so incompetent that they cant get a sense of you from an interview. Whatever the case may be, it doesn’t reflect well on them as a good clinic to be at. I’d go in and knock their socks off with my great demeanor, and then after they made an offer, I’d turn them down. I may be alone in this. Maybe it’s the new normal to dance for your potential employer. 

When I was in NP school, I had a potential preceptor who owned his clinic. I was setting up my clinical and looking for hours with them. The owner had me come in and they gave me a little brain teaser test within the interview. Asked me questions like google does... like “solve the riddle, we want to see how you think, not try to find the right answer.” I gave them a great answer that they loved. They were excited also because they thought possibly they would hire me after I graduated and make money off me. I never called them back after I left, and blocked the number. I passed their test. They failed mine. Found rotations with a place that immediately recognized me for what I am, which is a good, disciplined hire that presents well in person, and is respectful. That’s the kind of place I would be willing to work: for adults who recognize adults who can perform well.

I had a job offer from every place I did my clinical training at, and offers at every location I applied to beyond my clinical sites. None of them tried that crap. 

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With out a license you can not touch a patient or render any care.   You can observe.  

 

Seems  odd and I would be hesitant.  

 

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