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Many physicians spend early retirement in a state of shock. Are there really that many hours in the day? Restlessness and boredom set in quickly. You haven’t spent so much time with your significant other since…. ever. That may be an awakening. Income may not stretch as far as expected, or unforeseen obligations arise. There may be a yearning, still, to make a difference.Read more
Current medical culture has evolved over thousands of years. It dictates how we treat each other and ourselves. It’s an insidious culture of self-neglect, unspoken hierarchies, jousting, and undervalued humanity.
As physicians, we are expected to establish rapport and trust with our patients while enmeshed in medical culture. Our “values, norms, and practices” are to care for patients as we would our own family members. The success we’re striving for is to have best possible outcome for all of our patients.
But our goals and culture are antagonistic; good patient outcomes will occur despite medical culture, not because of it.
The following are just five ways medical culture undermines the efforts to establish a successful doctor-patient relationship.Read more
The medical school interview is a time to not only discuss the strengths of your application, but also to address and explain any potential weaknesses. A modest amount of preparation, along with a positive attitude, is all the prospective medical school applicant needs to succeed during the interview process and eventually secure a seat in medical school.Read more
The key to recruitment and retention of rural hospital NPs and PAs is to know why, how, when, and where to source rural focused candidates.Read more
The road to medical school is a long and rewarding journey that prepares you for residency and the process of becoming a physician. It is only one part of the journey, but it is the important beginning of the marathon.Read more
Consider the specialty to which you are applying, what aspects of the application are most important to that specialty, and be prepared to discuss those in detail during your interview.Read more
You’re flipping through the classifieds section at the back of your specialty’s national journal, and you catch sight of a sign-on bonus package that makes your jaw drop to the floor. Before you start dreaming about around the world vacations, a summer home, or simply paying off your student loan debt, you’ll need to take a little time to research if that bonus is really too good to be true.Read more
There’s no telling how medical technology will change in the future, but those with stock in the delivery of healthcare can shape its utilization in a way that doesn’t negatively affect patient care. As long as there is value in human relationships and healing touch, technology can facilitate the delivery of care rather than impede it.Read more
Finding a new job can feel overwhelming— you have to consider the impact on your career, uprooting your family, novel work-place politics, and the list goes on. Figuring out how to organize your search can seem like a shot in the dark, especially if you are at a transition point in your career, want to cast a wide net, or are unsure of the job market.
The job search is where physician recruiters shine; they have years or decades of experience managing these painful— but rewarding— transitions, and can provide you with valuable insight. After you’ve done your research and chosen a reputable recruiter, he or she will go to bat to help you land the job you want…Read more
Doctors, especially long-established doctors, are tempted to treat their junior partners like children. It’s a variation on the “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and senior physicians are self-appointed gurus for how you should practice medicine. It’s not dictatorial or mean-spirited, however. You must remember an established practice has a good reputation for good reasons. Nevertheless, senior physicians expect their subordinates to be obedient and productive and not upset the course of the practice.
When intolerable limitations aren’t known before committing to a practice, they can brew like an ugly abscess, inflamed and painful. It’s no fun being the foreign body that initiates a practice’s innate immune system against you. This is a psychological burden that is unexpected while you’re trying balance risks vs benefits, follow a therapeutic flow sheet, or even concoct an empiric regimen. Can this burden be avoided? Just what are the warning signals?Read more