Hello fellow colleagues! I am a new grad PA and I need your help. I got a job offer at an urgent care but I'm unsure if I want to accept it. I am in SoCal.
2 weeks training. The UC sees 20-30 patients at one location while 35-50 at another.
Base pay: 55+ (no bonuses)
malpractice with tail
NO CME and PTO
Have yet to talk about health insurance and retirement.
It's 1099 NOT W-2
I am currently in Anchorage but due to a huge variety of factors me and my wife have decided to move back to the lower 48 and are planning on spending a year or two on the road to get a feel for various areas to consider settling long term and to have some adventures in general. My experience in is primarily FM/UC and honestly prefer to stay out of UC though I would do it in a pinch.
I have browsed a number of the old locums threads but have walked away with the following questions:
1. I see people mentioning hourly pay the are getting eg.60-80$/hr in fm/uc. Is that would I generally should be expecting as base play PLUS house/travel/perdiem/etc or do those numbers look more like total comp?
2. From what I can tell the system in place with these companies sets them up to try to screw you as much as possible as they take whatever they don't give you. Any tips for not getting taken advantage of? Questions to ask?
3. What is the etiquette as far as working with more than 1 company?
4. Any suggestions for "Good" companies to approach? I have talk to Barton and while the guy seemed fine I could tell it was gonna be a hard sell kind of thing. (I suspect that is the norm)
I called an accountant referred from a friend (who does not work in the medical field) and the CPA quoted me at ~700/month!! Wayy too much for my blood. Is this the going rate for having a good CPA on board? I've been working as a 1099 independent contractor over the past year and would like to have an accountant on board to help maximize my deductions.
Anyone with tips to find someone/something more affordable?
I'm graduating PA school tomorrow and taking my PANCE in a week (wooooo!). I'm highly motivated to pursue a career in emergency medicine, particularly rural EM, and interviewed at multiple programs this summer. Unfortunately, I did not get into a program that felt like the right fit for my goals, so I've decided to reapply to more of the quality programs with open applications this fall. Most of these residencies don't start until late next spring or summer. Here's the issue: that would leave me with a minimum 7 month gap in employment, and up to 10 or 11 months, before starting a residency. That's terrifying! As far as I can tell, here are my only options, none feeling all that great:
1. Find a non-clinical job to fill the time/money gap. I have a job offer with an EMR implementation & consulting company that is OK with my timeline, but I fear I would lose so much knowledge if I'm not actually practicing what I've learned these last two years. Also, this might reflect poorly on my applications this fall.
2. Locum tenens work, ideally in urgent care or EM, but may have to do family med for a bit. I'm not really comfortable with this, as I've read on here that locums might be a pretty terrible idea for a new grad. The last thing I want to do is be in an unsafe environment, but somehow this feels like the better option.
3. Take an urgent care or EM job, not disclosing my plans to leave (who would hire me otherwise?). This feels dishonest and I'm least comfortable with this idea. I think it'd be terribly rude to leave any clinic/ED in such a short period when they've put in the effort to train a new grad. Am I off base with that? I could also work somewhere for a few years then reapply, but we all know how life goes; I'd rather do the hard work now before family/house payment/etc are deterrents.
I'm really stuck on this and hoping that the experienced crowd here could impart some wisdom in my process. I'd really appreciate any advice!
Anyone know of a good place to get a part-time (not locum tenens) job? My current employer is willing to switch me from full-time to part-time if I do find another job, just to break it up and prevent burn-out. I've always wanted to do something like this but i feel like part-time jobs are few and far between.