You have an ADVANTAGE as a new graduate physician assistant!

How many physician assistants are there? According to the NCCPA there are ~139,000 practicing PAs and ~10,000 new graduates every year. What do you have that they don’t? At least 8 4-week rotations that serve as free job interviews! Treat these as you would a new job every single day. Over the course of each rotation, you have plenty of time to show your worth. Prove that you are dependable, eager to learn, and would be a great coworker. Show everyone in the office that you value them, not just your preceptor. This will inevitably lead to your first job offer, and maybe even eight! Network with your preceptors. Build a relationship. Even if you don’t end up with a job offer, something may come of these relationships in the future. If you aren’t interested in that specialty, let them know what you are interested in. If they like you, your preceptor will do what they can to help you. That’s human nature and something you should capitalize on. Take all the above advice and turn it into a job opportunity as you leverage your advantage as a new grad PA. Visit www.panextsteps.com for my book that covers this and much more!

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