“Dr. Raymond… we need to talk.”
“Call me”, the voicemail from my new practice manager concluded. It gave not a clue to the topic of our upcoming conversation.
Yikes. I hate that. Actually, it would be more correct to say that I fear that. I spent ten years in a practice where those words never preceded “Your staff has decided to get together and give you a surprise birthday party” or even “We made so much money last month that we decided to give you a bonus, and a day off.” It always meant something awful, and a meeting in which you were blindsided by not knowing the topic… except of course, that you would be the topic. (more…)
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It could be worse…my hair could be on fire.
For the multitudes following my adventures on JNJ: you may have noticed that I dropped from the radar screen for a month. Or two. I thank you for noticing. Let’s do lunch. I’ll buy.
So where’d I disappear to? It was just life…getting in the way of medicine and JNJ merriment. Over the last two months I have closed my solo gastroenterology practice and rejoined an excellent G.I. group (good fortune in these interesting economic times), sold my home (hurrah- > 1 year on market) and downsized to a petite condo on the Chesapeake Bay that is just completing its renovation with all the details, calls, and really somewhat fun troubleshooting that remodeling entails. I’ve been distracted by disruptions in both my practice and home lives. But it could have been worse; my hair could have been on fire.
In fact, instead of merely being on fire, my head should have exploded. (more…)
Austin Powers: Allow myself to introduce… myself.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Spy, Traitor, Turncoat… I find those descriptors waaaaay too harsh. I prefer the title “Undercover Change Facilitator”.
Allow me to introduce myself- I’m your compatriot deep behind enemy lines, broadcasting in code. I’m Doctor Pat Raymond (and in the JNJ, I’m honored). My mission: Eliminate bad medical manners. I’ll give you insider tips and tricks that you can use today to train your doctors to play nice. I want your work day in medicine, the interactions between nurses and their physicians, to be pleasant, collegial, and, might as well go for the entire enchilada…fun! (more…)