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April 15th, 2016


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08:02 pm
OK, I promised to post tonight, and I had to wait until my work was done.

At this very moment, I am out of work.

It's something I'm not happy about. It's something I'm delighted about. I'm sad. I'm excited. I'm terrified.

Just over a year ago, the doctor whose practice I was associated with (he never offered me a partnership) sold his practice to a large group without telling me until there was no way that I could go out looking for other work. I had heard of the group that had purchased it, and I'd heard nothing good about them. I told him this, and he pooh-poohed my concerns and told me that I knew nothing about it. Oddly enough, I was right. Without going into detail, I gave them four months, I had significant problems that dealt with physician communication and patient care issues, and starting in August, I began to look for other work.

Not an easy thing when you are pushing sixty, you know.

I found a few doctors who gave me vague hints that they might be interested; I was pressed to apply to another one much younger than I who showed no particular motivation to hire me, though in the end he did make me an offer...but it took him seven months to finally say so.

Finally, a connection told me about an opportunity that had opened locally; a non-profit group was looking to hire a chief medical officer to supervise their physicians, dentists, licensed psychiatric social workers, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The clinics were all in under-served areas, and the group received significant Federal funding to help folks who haven't had good care.

I interviewed. They sent me a contract the next day. I signed. I gave my job a month's notice, though the contract didn't demand any notice at all. At 5PM today I left for good. I did have an exit interview, and I chose to leave identifying all the patient care concerns I had; I won't treat this organization badly, because their patients deserve the best care they can offer. The administrators were pretty shocked at the problems that I had, and they agree that the communication problems were unacceptable. It sucks that I had to quit to make them aware of the problems.

I start at the new job Monday. I have no idea of what the work will be like, but I will persevere.

So that's the news.

I start work at Unicare Community Health Center, Inc.; I will work at a number of their offices to get to know folks, but the prime office is at 437 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762. The phone number that I have here is 909 988 4447, but I don't know if that is for the clinic or the administrative office. I'll post an update for contact on Monday evening if I have the number wrong.

In the meantime, my wife and I are going out to catch a film.

Be well, everybody, because right now I don't have any prescription pads...

(23 comments | Speak, or forever hold your peace)

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From:crisavec
Date:April 16th, 2016 03:58 am (UTC)
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Good luck with the new position!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 16th, 2016 06:11 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:maribou
Date:April 16th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! And I hope everything goes wonderfully.
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 16th, 2016 06:11 am (UTC)
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Thank you, me too!
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From:sorchekyrkby
Date:April 16th, 2016 05:20 am (UTC)
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Woohoo!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 16th, 2016 06:13 am (UTC)
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All that and then some!
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From:mallorys_camera
Date:April 16th, 2016 11:18 am (UTC)
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Sounds awesome. Best of luck!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 16th, 2016 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to try to do my best to make it awesome, thanks...
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From:pondhopper
Date:April 16th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Whoa! That's quite a change!
Will you still be working directly with patients or is this more administrative? I hope you still get to do doctory stuff.
Good luck and may this be all for the good!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 16th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Good question!

The intent presently is for me to continue with most of my work as a physician working with the patients, but as the organization adds more clinics, more of my time will be devoted to administrative duties. I won't know the exact percentages for a week or two, while I get settled, but I think for starters that we'll be looking at 80% patient contact and 20% other stuff.
From:dewline
Date:April 17th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
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Congratulations, and the best of luck to you, your new employers and colleagues and the people they're all working to help!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 17th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:silme
Date:April 17th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with this new position! I do hope that the old place effects changes to rectify those problems. However, it sounds as if your new job will be better for you!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 17th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I certainly will work to make sure it is; for that matter, I intend to make it better for those who are already working there. But that's going to take some time to affect.

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From:bardhlul
Date:April 18th, 2016 01:55 am (UTC)
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Here's to new beginnings! Good luck in the new position!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 18th, 2016 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:noachoc
Date:April 18th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with the change!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 19th, 2016 04:31 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:twilyght
Date:April 20th, 2016 02:03 am (UTC)
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That's awesome, Doc! Congratulations!!! And good luck!!
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 20th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
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Thank you, kiddo...
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From:brokenheather
Date:April 20th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! And it sounds like you have the potential to make a difference on a larger scale in your new position!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 20th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I hope to do so...
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From:mycroftca
Date:April 21st, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
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That was me. Last time I do this with my iPhone.

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