“As a mom and a doctor, what advice would you give a third-year medical student trying to choose a specialty?” the bright-eyed med student asked me. Her smile was ear to ear, and I didn’t want to burst her bubble. This is a complicated question to ask and the answers change as life changes. I chose OB/GYN because it was the only specialty I truly fell in love with. For me, ...

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So, you’ve finished all your job interviews and think you’ve found a perfect fit. Graduating from residency is exciting, but did you get any training on what it all means to sign on the dotted line? Below is a quick and dirty run-down of the contracting process from an industry insider. 1. Non-compete clauses. Non-compete clauses are not just a big med phenomenon; they are part of contracts in many different clinical settings. ...

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Recruitment season is my favorite time of year. The CVs pile into the database, and we sift through the resumes, searching for candidates that would make a great fit for our organization. Next, I get on the phone and assess their level of interest and try to sell them on everything we have to offer. We fly them out for a live interview, and the negotiations begin. Last year was a ...

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“I want to explore employment opportunities with you.” He is looking at me. Trying his hardest. Passion, yet anger, in his eyes. Everything I know about him and his tenure in the community helps me understand how difficult this conversation is. Everything I see in his eyes helps me understand how painful this is. Private practice is dying, on the vine, in America. The practices fold or reach a critical point, and they come ...

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shutterstock_70019551 Sometimes I’m not the nicest. Sometimes I don’t say “thank you” or “please.” Sometimes I seem gruff or insensitive. Sometimes my tone does not put you at ease. It’s not because I disrespect you. I value our interactions each and every day. It’s not because I don’t like you. Some of it is just the way I was trained. You are at the bedside ...

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shutterstock_153221729 “Patient experience. I’d like you to take over the initiative,” he said. I looked to my left and right. Sh*t. He’s talking to me. For a moment, I had an overwhelming sense of insecurity. Give me operations. Give me finance. Give me quality. Give me strategy. But don’t give me patient satisfaction. That’s not me. I’m not light and fluffy. I’m not mushy-gushy. Nor ...

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An excerpt from Burning the Short White Coat: A Story of Becoming a Woman Doctor. Chief’s pager went off and he looked at me. “It’s time to go down to the OR,” he said. "Just because you dated Dr. Lawson doesn't mean we are going to give you special treatment ...

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