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Employment Contracts

In most instances, a written agreement is presented to the employed physician assistant outlining the key terms of his or her employment status. This agreement may be in the form of an employment contract or may be less formally drafted into a letter of employment. However written, several key areas are commonly addressed within the employment document. These areas include:

Job Description

  • Scope of practice
  • Physician supervision
  • Administrative responsibilities
  • Office location(s)
  • Hours of operation
  • Expected hours per week
  • Call schedule
  • Holidays/weekends

Compensation Package

  • Base salary
  • Bonus arrangement
  • Annual salary adjustments
  • Pension/retirement benefits
  • Profit sharing
  • Paid time off
  • Insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Health/dental insurance
  • Life/disability insurance

Professional Expenses

  • CME program and travel costs
  • CME paid time off
  • Certification expenses
  • Membership dues

Contractual Provisions

  • Effective date
  • Probationary period
  • Renewal
  • Termination provisions
  • Notifications

The above items represent basic areas of employment that should be clarified when the PA, employer, and supervising physician discuss the terms of employment.  It is advisable to have a written contract or practice agreement that clearly spells out the terms of employment.