The plot thickens…
Guys, I don’t know about you, but this past month has been CRAZY! PDFs of cover letters, resumes, and job apps clutter my desktop. I have talked with recruiters from all over looking to get the hook up. I’ve spent about 24 hours in the car total driving to various interviews. And I finally got to reap my rewards when, the day before Thanksgiving, everyone came out of the woodwork and I found myself with three great offers: Fast Care/PC float, Hospitalist, or PC w/ OB and some surgery and urgent care days (YES that’s the same job I thought I ruined my chances with when I did the working interview!). Boy, I really got the easy out for sharing around the Thanksgiving dinner table “I’m thankful for…”
I had a lot to chew over this weekend. All the teams seemed great (one of the most important things I think!), benefits were comparable. The PC (primary care) jobs would pay me WAY more (hey I do have > $100k in student debt now!), and the hospitalist job appears to have given me a low offer given the stats but I know that my passions lean a little more towards inpatient medicine, at least right now. I really want to be challenged and work things up, and I figured a Fast Care position churning out 30 patients per day with only POC testing might not be the best for long-term challenge or work-up. A conversation last night with a former classmate who took a similar job and already feels like she’s losing the wealth of information a new PA graduate comes with solidified these feelings for me. Other classmates who got jobs as hospitalists told me that the education alone is priceless and might be worth the initial pay cut.
So I bit the bullet, regretfully declining $20k of additional compensation in the other offers, and decided today I was going for the hospitalist position, but not without a little resistance of course! I tried to negotiate with HR (the hospitalist team doesn’t actually formulate the offer, it’s some number cruncher HR dude) and get some numbers for salary growth in the future or what I would have been offered had I had more years of experience… nothing. They would neither divulge nor budge. Disappointing, but I finished my credentialing paperwork and put it in the mail, happy to finally be done with this process.
As I picked up my phone to call the recruiter and officially accept the hospitalist job nonetheless, I checked my email and saw that one of the other offers (with AMAZING compensation) I had respectfully declined earlier in the day had come back with a hot-off-the-press opening for a new hospitalist position and would I be interested in that instead?
And so the plot thickens… I have 1-2 weeks before my paperwork for the first hospitalist position goes through and I need to officially sign, but it looks like there may be more interviews in my near future? I feel so blessed but holy crap this whole process and making these decisions is so hard!