radamo3 asked this question 9 years, 4 months ago:

Physician Assistant job...

Hello all,

I just recieved an assignment to Ramstein about 2 weeks ago and my wife and I couldn't be more excited about getting a 4 year European honeymoon (since we haven't had one yet)! Anyways, she is a Physician Assistant and is currently practicing here in NC. We've looked on USAjobs and have seen numerous job openings in the states, but very few in Germany (K-town region). Tons of jobs for Nurse Practitioners in that area. We don't understand why there are so many openings for NPs since PAs are better qualified. We've looked at every bit of info the internet can provide regarding the subject so, I thought I would post on here and get some input from other folks who may have ran into this situation.

So... I have two questions:

Does anyone know of any other avenues to take for job openings for a PA, or any contacts that may point us in the right direction?

And what about the possibility of working on the economy?

Thanks so much!



9 years, 4 months ago

I'm not sure about working on the economy, but have you looked at opportunities through Landstuhl Regional Medical Center? That would be the first place I call for info, around here.

9 years, 4 months ago

Quote by jasmine06:
I'm not sure about working on the economy, but have you looked at opportunities through Landstuhl Regional Medical Center? That would be the first place I call for info, around here.


LRMC vacancies are posted on USAJOBS.gov.

Just keep looking there and also here : https://cpolrhp.cpol.army.mil/eur/employment/index.htm

Quote by radamo3:
Hello all,....

So... I have two questions:

Does anyone know of any other avenues to take for job openings for a PA, or any contacts that may point us in the right direction?

And what about the possibility of working on the economy?

Thanks so much!


Check here as well - https://cpolrhp.cpol.army.mil/eur/employment/index.htm
as well as networking after you get here.

I would forget about a position on the economy unless of course your wife speaks German.

9 years, 3 months ago

I'm a PA also and I tried looking on the Army website and USA jobs for over a year for a job with no luck. It's very hard even with spouse preference to get one. I didn't go directly to HR and post a CV at LRMC, as another PA friend had no luck doing so but that was a couple of years ago. She went the volunteer route thru the Red Cross and worked in the fast track clinic up at LRMC, but it was a slow process getting all the pre-recs done. I'm going to try and do the same this fall.
Your wife won't be able to work on the economy as they don't have PA's in Germany or a way to license them (although most German Dr's are very open-minded about the profession and have the utmost professional courtesy). If your wife has more questions she can message me on FB, it's always nice to find more colleagues =)

9 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the info. We haven't had much luck either...it's starting to stress us both out because of student loans, having to make it without her income, and her student loans that have to be paid back. Is there anything else she can do with her license? What about her cme credits? How will she keep up with those? We are trying to decide if she should just stay behind and continue working here and wait for something to open up or if she should come over with me and wait there...advice please?!?

9 years, 2 months ago

I did my CME hours thru the AAPA journal and online courses and took the PANRE here so maintaining the NCCPA certification is certainly do-able without spending a lot of money. (I'm old and graduated back in '98 so my testing cycle came up last year) She may not have to test while here but the nearest place is up in Frankfort and very easy to schedule. CPOL and USAJobs has only once posted a PA position that I have ever seen in the 2+ years that I have lived here and it was in a different base on the other side of Germany. That said I did get a contacts in LRMC that hire PA's but it's always "who you know" up there. Her best bet is to turn her application in directly to HR up at LRMC and start a volunteer app. with the Red Cross. They can get her a job volunteering up at the hospital to get the contacts needed for a paying job. I'm going to volunteer part time in the fast track clinic this fall. If she has a lot of Ortho experience I can possibly get her a contact for a paid position in that department. (I didn't want to work Ortho or full-time...) If you shoot me your email I'll be happy to talk more to her about the situation here, I'm also on FB.
Teph PA-C

8 years, 3 months ago

I just arrived in Germany not to long ago and we are in the same boat. My wife is a Physician Assistant that practiced in Virginia. Any assistence or POC's that you have developed over time would be appreciated. My wife is able to work at Hiedelberg, Ramstiend or Landstull.

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Mike

8 years, 3 months ago

Mike, PM me and I'll tell you about two positions I know of at LRMC that are open right now for PA's that your wife might be interested in. Both are GS jobs and great opportunities. We just PCSed back stateside or I would have jumped on one of them =)

8 years, 1 month ago

Hello

Is your wife still searching for an opportunity? Did you search the career code (?) number series 0603?

Does she have a specialty field? I don't know all the currently available openings but the hospital at Landstuhl, as well as numerous clinics utilize PAs.

Good luck

I work in orthopaedics at LRMC. Intermittently we have an opening (I think there is an official opening now) for a GS spot full time. The problem with the really stupid system is that the jobs are only officially posted on usajobs for short windows of time.
It would definitely help, I think, to have someone inside looking out for your application/resume etc.

I've been here a long time and CME is no problem...grand rounds, journals, conferences (US & european) etc. Up until now I was able to have a take-home recert exam but, as noted by another response above, there is a testing center in Frankfurt for the now mandatory sit-down exam (mine's coming up in Nov but many colleagues have gone through it).

Feel free to get in touch directly.

Nancy

7 years, 7 months ago

My husband and I will be relocating to Germany for 3-5 years this May 2013. I have been employed for the last 10 years as a Physician Assistant(PA-C) in Neurosurgery. I also have experience in Orthopedic and General Surgery, but would be willing to work in any position available.

Can anyone provide some guidance as to how I can identify and inquire of any available positions?

Thank you!

Jennifer

7 years, 7 months ago

Quote by JMorris:
My husband and I will be relocating to Germany for 3-5 years this May 2013. I have been employed for the last 10 years as a Physician Assistant(PA-C) in Neurosurgery. I also have experience in Orthopedic and General Surgery, but would be willing to work in any position available.

Can anyone provide some guidance as to how I can identify and inquire of any available positions?

Thank you!

Jennifer


See post number 3, above.

7 years, 7 months ago

Normally you would go to USAJOBS.gov and do an advanced search for jobs...PA jobs are the number series "0603" and you will see a place that allows you to select the location...Germany...etc.

Unfortunately, your timing is bad, bad, bad!!!! Many of the current civilian PAs are not being extended in their positions and those spots will not be filled with new people. In addition, we're all, providers throughout the facility, already experiencing a reduction in our salary by rescinding of our "retention bonuses."

The government has overspent itself and is about to enforce a mandatory furlough throughout the system...likely translating to the loss of an 8 hour pay day each week.

Finally, the whole system is under a hiring freeze at the moment!!!!

Volunteers are always "welcome" through the Red Cross (let me know if you'd like to meet 2 of the Neurosurg PAs currently there and I can forward email etc info for you).

And, eventually MAYBE they will hire PAs again? USAJOBS.gov is the place to check.

GOOD LUCK!

Feel free to be in touch when you get here...I work in Orthopaedics, primarily inpatient and have prior CT surgery experience as well.

Nancy

7 years, 7 months ago

Looks like Im not the only army spouse PA moving to Germany and wondering what in the world Im going to do for work... Nancy, I would love to get the contact information for the Red Cross volunteers. It looks like that is going to be my only way to be in any type of clinical setting while we are stationed there. I have a bit more time since we aren't set to PCS until August and Im just finishing my last rotations here at Ft. Campbell so I will be taking my PANCE once we get there. I guess come November or December I will just hope for the best but anything I can do to get the paperwork started to become a Red Cross volunteer before then would be helpful. If you no longer have my email in your PM box on here then just let me know and I will resend it to you.

7 years, 7 months ago

HEY!! I don't have your email address. I do have the email for someone in the Red Cross office and will be able to put you in touch with an ortho PA who volunteers with us --- she's here tomorrow but I will be away for a week. You can email to me: REMOVED EMAIL

NG


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7 years, 7 months ago

Quote by JMorris:
My husband and I will be relocating to Germany for 3-5 years this May 2013. I have been employed for the last 10 years as a Physician Assistant(PA-C) in Neurosurgery. I also have experience in Orthopedic and General Surgery, but would be willing to work in any position available.

Can anyone provide some guidance as to how I can identify and inquire of any available positions?

Thank you!

Jennifer


Jennifer- Check out this group. This is the LRMC "competition" if you will for federal workers in the area...they have several american physicians, nurses and NP's on their staff. They are well aware what a PA does too...(don't even try the PA>>>NP line of logic like earlier in this thread unless you want to make people unhappy!) Good luck.

http://www.mvz-westpfalz.eu/en/

7 years, 3 months ago

Hello all, just an update my wife has found employement as a Physician Assistant in Germany. But she is not using the skillsets she once had while stateside. Currently she is signed up with the Red Cross and has completed all the necessary paper work but would like a POC in order to do more volunteer work

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