What do you guys think about this idea? I am hoping to find a somewhat seasoned PA around my 2-3rd year out of residency, and bring them in on a step wise advancement plan. I am going to recruit a young, highly intelligent, hard working PA with preferably some military experience. I plan to actually recruit through a buddy in the military offices that have the info on all members getting ready to approach separation. That way I could quite possibly find a PA who is only 4 years out of school and not one that is retiring. My idea would be to start them shaddowing me to see my personal style, for about a month. Then we would separate but I would schedule an hour at then end of each day to review charts and give advice. Then I would probably review 30% of all charts for 6 months and slowly wean down to the minimum. I also plan to pay them 10% over average (average for their time in profession) to start and then if they make it through all this, I would have them on a plan to partner. What I mean by partner is that I would give them an opportunity to share costs and eventually be an equal partner like another physician. I think if I chose the right PA that we could do very well and the high point would be that I don't have to work with another physician who might split and take half the patients. I have seen this happen many times in practices and I think by treating the PA as partner that they would be more satisfied with their life and want to stay! How would you guys go about this and would you do it differently? Would you recruit a new grad from the top of the class? I am even considering making bi-annual exams for the PA on the way to partner that would require them to pass in order to get their promotion. I know this sounds bad but I think it gives the PA an incentive to continue learning. I could even put a dollar amount on passing the exam and give a reference list for the exam so they could study. Anyway, let me know what you guys think.