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BruceBanner last won the day on July 6 2017

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  1. I tip my hat to people bold enough to work with a bandana or no mask at all. But that's where I'd draw the line. Yes I value my own life but I also value my family's safety perhaps even more, and what good are you doing anybody by exposing yourself, becoming ill, or becoming a disease vector?
  2. I'm a bit late to this party but another update from the front lines: At a Big 10 University health service, we have had multiple presumptive positives in the past week. Things hit the fan after students returned from spring break, as we predicted. We have a lot of resources at our disposal, but we are still woefully under-prepared. As of Friday, we were still seeing routine and walk-in visits! Many well students are still coming in "just to be checked". Tests are very limited. Nothing is in-house yet. It is nearly impossible for front end staff to appropriately risk-stratify patients. We
  3. Family medicine can be like that, for sure. The patients per day can be deceiving. 16 ppd doesnt sound too bad but it's all about the complexity and back-end work involved. Not to say there arent good FM gigs out there, but you will probably only find them in small private practices. The most stressful job I ever had was in FM. And every doc/PA in that practice worked part-time to stay somewhat sane. Now that you have 2 years under your belt I'd suggest finding a new job. Some suggestions: College health (PM me if in Michigan), urgent care (be VERY careful, most are meat-grinders),
  4. Sorry, not accepting any more new shadows at this time.
  5. Oh I told them exactly what I thought about their titles.
  6. 2 of the names are absolutely ridiculous. Like they sat around with a joint and just started making up words.
  7. Honestly I havent been there since 2012, so many things may have changed. We had SPs, an H&P lab, and a robotic mannequin for intubations, etc. Went I went through it was a very difficult program and staff was punitive in some ways, with punishments that did not fit the crime. I hated them to be honest, but I was well-prepared for boards. That was 7-8 years ago so take that with a grain of salt.
  8. U of M PA here. It is a highly saturated/competitive area. We could use another PA but sadly we dont hire new grads. Pace is too fast. I empathize with you. If I had the time I would love to train a new grad. But I barely can accommodate a half day shadow.
  9. About 45,000. 30 has only happened a few times, typical school year day is now about 20.
  10. I work at a big-10 university health service. Overall I like it. It can suck during the school year I wont lie. But I'll most likely stay until my loans are paid or I leave the state. Pros: Amazing summer flexibility and low volume. Summer here is May though September. We still see patients, but only 8-12 a day (easy), and we can take as much time off as we want. Some providers leave for 6 weeks. Benefits. 6 weeks paid vacation (includes a week of CME), 2 weeks paid sick, paid paternity/maternity, 6 months ext sick and 6 months ext sick @ 50%. Excellent heal
  11. We had to go through a forced (do it or you dont graduate) diversity course, AND a group diversity "immersion experience" that involved living a mock lifestyle of someone else for a day, AND had to sit through a mandatory "gay day", where people of various LGBTQ persuasions came in and talked to us about their lives and how we can treat them better. Listen , I seriously could not care any less about my patient's sexual/gender orientation unless it is somehow pertinent to the clinical scenario, nor do I need to be force-fed all this propaganda to know that you should treat all of your pat
  12. The guys sounds like a narcissistic a$$hat that should at the very least lose his job. But lose his license? Certification? Is there any evidence he caused someone harm or gave substandard care? Were these words said behind closed doors among staff or to patients directly? I think we need to be very careful and highly specific when we talk about yanking someone's credentials or license to practice. In the age of outrage and big brothering everyone's opinions it could be a very slippery slope. Loss of certification or licensure should be for demonstrated, dangerous incompetence that h
  13. Mainly liability, but also managing your plate. There is so much administrative burden now. I constantly see patients who pull "oh by the ways" and "what about this". Our clinic even restricts each visit to one complaint, generally. But patients (humans) are rarely cognizant or sympathetic to the fact that maybe they are your 16th patient of the day or maybe you have 3 people in rooms waiting to see you, and you really dont have the time to dig into their other issues. You dont want to stay late and chart past dinner. They just want to get answers or get well. It's frustrating as a patient fe
  14. I can accept limited shadows in Ann Arbor, MI. The specialty is college health. It is more or less family practice for ages 18-30. During the school year I only accept shadows for 1/2 days because we are too busy. PM me for info. -BB.
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