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Everything posted by Maverick87

  1. Get out of family medicine. My situation was similar to yours. That feeling at the pit of your stomach before you go to work? Yes, I know that feeling....very well. Now, I'm in a specialty where I'm happy and not even remotely stressed out.
  2. This didn't happen to me, but a close friend and colleague. When I was in the military, my colleague noticed that a patient had gotten multiple off-base prescriptions for high dose narcotics. She called her in to talk about it. The patient flipped out and made a false claim of physical assault. This was the wife of a high ranking officer. Our command tried to cover it up and they tried to court martial my colleague and ruin her career as a provider. We all fought for her, were deposed, and wrote sworn statements on her behalf. Ultimately, it was thrown out and no court martial occurred.
  3. Typical wanna be doctor response. Know your role or go to medical school.
  4. Exactly. I've interviewed at multiple specialty practices and a good portion are run this way. Ultimately, this setup is a great business move for the physician owners: they get to see more patients and get to bill higher. And it's good for us: no liability at all, little to no stress, work is finished at work (and I have legit 40 hour week). Plus, I get paid well and have great benefits. And, as I said, I'm intimately involved in research to the point that I actually feel like I'm making a difference in medicine as a whole, instead of just churning out patients. Way way better tha
  5. Look down on it all you want. I love the setup. If you'd like a shit job where you work your ass off and incur a doctor's liability without the pay to go with it, have at it, hoss. I'll take the fun, interesting, less stressful job with cool bosses and research component. PS: Calm down with obvious bitterness. It's not a good look, friend.
  6. My situation is awesome. I work in a specialty. We have a situation where the physicians see each patient. The PAs start the patient off, come up with a plan, and execute the plan. The physicians pop in midway through and talk to the patients, confirm our plans, etc. This way, we see the patients, do most of the work, and also learn a ton with limited liability. I, personally, see anywhere from about 10 to about 20 patients per day. If we (the PAs) get too far beyond with patients, the physicians jump in and see them. We work as a team. I also get to do research (I'm currently particip
  7. This. I also find many primary care offices to kill their providers and to be poorly run, for the most part. After 4 years in primary care, I'm now happily working in a specialty where I see crazy things that I didn't know exist. I'm not stressed out at all here, I'm treated with respect, and we have qualified staff in the important positions (an RN office manager and a MBA business manager). I also completely lucked out with the doctors I work for. They're awesome, flexible, and are considered to be some of the best in their field. We also do cutting edge research here and I'm a sub-i
  8. Being on site is not necessarily a good way to smell out deceit either. And I disagree with you. Some people are VERY good liars.
  9. Unfortunately, an internet search will usually not tell you what you need to know. You really can't know a place until you work there. During interviews, many dysfunctional employers will inadvertently admit high turnover or do something blatantly sketchy. The smarter ones will conceal this information on all fronts and not allow you to be in a situation where you can discover it until you begin working there. The best thing to do when one starts a job is to not become emotionally invested in the job too soon. Shut up and observe. If you notice something off at the beginning, trust that th
  10. I'm not suggesting that you put his name here. I was just wondering how you discovered that information. I have more than a few classmates that finished PA school and simply dropped off the map. Some of them, I was close with and they just disappeared (deleted social media accounts, etc). I've often wondered what became of them. But, in the end, it's hard to know what's going on with people behind closed doors and it can be hard to predict what people will do if you don't them very well. I had similar opportunities to your classmate when I was in the military: I was lonely, isolated, a
  11. How were you able to tell that last part just by searching Linkedin and Google? Was it in the news or something?
  12. Primary care is terrible. There's a reason why I'm being bombarded daily by recruiters for primary care, despite pulling my resume from job sites months ago. Primary care and pain management. If I didn't know better, I'd think that PAs only worked in these fields.
  13. Unfortunately, from what I've seen, most jobs are like this. There are some that are not, but you may have to give up some pay. I currently work in a specialty and make $90k. Somewhat low for a PA, but I'm not going to work with that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, I can actually sleep at night, I'm not stressed out at all really, and I'm able to have a life outside of work.
  14. Yeah, I'd say that he got off pretty easy. People do serious jail time for over-prescribing narcs.
  15. TIPS is good in protecting against inflation. My issues with the stock market is that you pretty much have a 50% chance of being right on a stock and it's largely out of your control. Look at the crash of 2008. Many people were wiped out with that. Sure, it's unlikely to happen again for some time, but that doesn't mean it won't happen. As far as the steep learning curve, I was talking about stock options. If you're going to invest in the stock market, this is the way to go. But it's very complex and takes a while to learn. It also requires being an active market participant. This method i
  16. That's true, but, statistically, a good portion of us will live well into our 70s. We have a far greater chance of living to that age than not. Consumerism is a disease, yes, unless you are not a consumer at all. If you are a PRODUCER, it's a great thing. Stocks are a fool's errand. They're something that you have no control over. Whenever I hear my coworkers discuss them, it literally gives me chills (and not the good kind). The thing with stocks is that you have absolutely no control over anything. You have a 50/50 chance of being successful. Want to know if your
  17. Become an entrepreneur. I have one side business that brings in a decent amount of money per month passively. I'm also creating another one as we speak and have plans to create more in the future. The best part? I don't have to worry about getting sued or CYA. :-D
  18. This is what has always happens with just about everything. Something becomes hot. People that get in at the right time succeed and profit. People that get in too late have more difficulty. Eventually, this will happen with our profession. It's hard to say when, but, just a guess, I think it's going to happen with the vast majority of baby boomers have hit the 65+ mark and when our health care situation stabilizes. Until then, we will notice a slow creep towards saturation. I agree with the 5-10 year mark, which will be fine for us because we'll have A LOT of experience under our belts
  19. Unfortunately, this is a pretty common issue from what I've seen. They aren't willing to train you, but expect you to be a superstar out of the gate. When they have issues with you, they don't tell you directly, but instead go behind your back. I would say that you should try to improve, but I also recommend that you start looking for a new job. They are not treating you well.
  20. There's a difference between working hard and working smart. I notice that many Boomers work very hard, but are not very good at streamlining processes to make things easier and more efficient. Most Boomers seem to equate putting in a butt load of hours at work as proof of a good work ethic. I disagree with this. Also, Boomers are terrible with technology and need their hands held through anything even remotely complex. And, finally, lest we not forget which generation completely destroyed our economy due to their overconsumption, all the while growing up in a completely stable and prosper
  21. I joined the military to pay off my loans for this amount of time. It was a pretty bad time in my life for the most part. I was very socially isolated and extremely depressed. I gained weight and developed hyperlipidemia and prediabetes. On the plus side, I learned my craft, paid off my debt, and realized that just about nothing in life will be as unpleasant as my time in the military. I would say that last part is intangible. Getting through that gave me a ton of confidence that I could basically succeed in anything I put my mind to. And I don't just think that I can. That feeling is now
  22. You'd be surprised at what specialties turn out to be interesting. When I was looking for work, I joined the practice that I thought would have the best environment. Interesting enough, it also turned out to be a very interesting specialty.
  23. Threads like this make me happy that I'm out of family medicine and in a specialty. Just out of curiosity: if you all don't like the field, then why do you stay?
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