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Be sure to bookmark these key reference points and familiarize yourself with their content.

Join IAPA's Facebook group to begin networking with the PA community, share ideas and find resources and answers to PA-related questions.

Important Publications

These papers layout straightforward answers to questions you will undoubtedly encounter during your practice.

Job Search Tips

Keep these simple yet easy to forget tips in mind when you begin your job search.

  • Your resumé is an important part of the job search. It briefly tells others about the person you are . Always have some proofread your resumé before sending it out.
  • Get you recommendations in order early - secure approvals while on rotations rather than trying to get them after you complete your PA program.
  • Maintain a single folder with your important documents i.e. licenses, transcripts, etc.
  • Don't underestimate the contacts you made during your rotations at school. Reconnect with some of the physicians, office staff, etc and ask if they know of any potential leads.
  • Utilize IAPA;s Career Center to search for and apply to potential employers.

Contracts and Interviewing

Interviewing is a VERY important part of the job search process. You want to make sure you have prepared and are well versed on the possible questions that will be asked.

When you do go for an interview, dress appropriately and always send a thank you letter to the interviewer following your meeting, even if you are no longer interested in the position.

When you are made an offer, here are a few special areas to watch for in your contract:

  • Termination or Out Clause: make sure it is well defined and has a provision for 'with' and 'without' cause.
  • Contract renewal provision: evaluate terms or lack there of.
  • Services to be provided and locations
  • Compensation: is it hourly or salaried, is there comp or flexible time, and what are the 'call ' duties?
  • Malpractice Insurance: Does it include tail claims or claims made?
  • Fringe Benefits: Clarify whether CME, professional dues, technology, mileage, vacation, etc. is included.
  • Restrictive Covenants

Make sure to negotiate your contract to one that is acceptable to you. Do not take the first offer, there is always room for improvement. It's also a good idea to have a lawyer examine the contract especially one who has dealt with medical contracts.

When in doubt, refer to the "Contacts and Contracts" book for more detailed suggestions for interview writing, resumé writing and contract negotiations.


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