In this month's "Endocrine Feedback" column, Dr. Melissa Young explores how her career has evolved over the years and questions what the future may hold.
Melissa Young, MD
A lot has changed over the course of 10 years in solo practice, writes Melissa Young, M.D., in this month's Endocrine Feedback column. Dr. Young describes a decade of changes for the solo endocrinology practitioner.
One of the great things about medicine is that you interact with all kinds of people every day. Male, female, young, old, people of different ethnic backgrounds and economic status. These interactions can be moving, challenging or funny, but some can be frustrating. Here are examples of some of my patient encounters which serve as reminders of how essential patient education is in clinical practice.
“At first, I was afraid, I was petrified. I kept thinking I could never live without you by my side…” so the song goes. That is sort of how I felt when my associate told me she was leaving.
To certify or not to certify, that is the question. There is no evidence that it improves patient care. And yet, the question often comes up in my discussions with colleagues: Should we recertify?
We see ~30 patients/day; some wait up to 90-days to be seen; many private endo practices are closed to new patients. The question is not overstated.
My partner is leaving in December. She asked me not to be angry; not to hate her. I said I couldn't and wouldn't -- but to ask me again in January.
Even though my practice partner and I are perfectly fine together and have been for years, I wonder now and then if we should hire. Still wondering.
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