Yogagal. I totally agree with you! I'm a firm believer that we should receive 85% of physician pay, since that is what we bill for, but if we aren't all in this together, we will never get this. We have a huge, powerful lobbying presence and we need to use it to get what we deserve! Physician wages are elevated because of how selective medical schools
are and they artificially limit the amount of graduates and residency spots to skyrocket the salaries. NP schools need to have more stringent entrance requirements so that not just anyone can become an NP. The curriculum needs to be more rigorous with less fluff such as "nursing theory" and more medicine.
In terms of the job-they countered and I accepted the offer of $120k/yr plus productivity. The benefit package is very attractive compared to the private office that was only offering $125k with poor benefits. I'll have over 6 weeks of PTO, 2% automatic 403b contribution plus another 2.5% matched if I contribute 5%, good, reasonably priced health insurance, disability, etc. While I agree that the salary is not as high as I would have liked, I plan on looking around continually. I think that if an internal medicine physician earns $225k/year, we should get something like $180k, especially seeing that we often see the same number of patients. Also, I hate the "consultation" argument...that we have to have the doctor there to ask questions. The doctors ask each other questions all the time and are not penalized in their salaries for that. And I wouldn't say we ask more questions than we do.