I suppose a few updates are due before I launch into the reason for my post. I know I've been way overdue and probably lost my readership by now. It's just that I haven't felt like there was anything entertaining to write about!
Let's see, my pants fit again! I just reread my last post and I'm happy to report that I started a family "biggest loser" competition with my parents, brothers and husband. While I'm certainly not winning, I'm very excited to be losing less than my family. My dad has lost over 20lbs! My mom is at a weight she hasn't seen in over a decade. My husband is talking about getting back to his "pre-kid" weight and one of my brothers is going to run a half marathon next weekend.
I'm so proud and happy for everyone. The fact that I've lost 8lbs and am back to the weight I was when I started residency is a great benefit, too. I'm running regularly.
But the thing that got me to wanting to blog again is the job search. Yes. The job search.
And yes, I had a great job that I gave up in the fall because it wasn't the right location and timing for my family.
Since that time I've interviewed at 9 different places. 2 of them I visited twice! I think I need to break it down by location so that you can follow my interesting journey. Remember, I live in a large city in the southern US.
#1- The Giant Pediatric Group (GPG) In Town Locale:
2 docs both working mostly full time (4 & 4 1/2 days/week). At the start of the interview I got the "once over" from the head doc (you know, the look that says "is she prettier than me?")This was followed by repeated questions about my willingness to work evenings and weekends (Saturdays yes, evenings no) and too numerous complaints from THEM about their call, their workload, their location, etc. Oh, and I don't speak Spanish which they said wasn't a problem but clearly was when I saw the patient demographics. (Who wants a pediatrician who can't communicate with them???) Anyway, they didn't call me back. No skin off my nose! The became known as "the whiney ones" to me and my fellow residents.
#2- The Hospitalist Job
. Okay, it was a bit of a fallback when I became unsure what our plans were for the next few years. Plus, I really like and respect our hospitalist service. I got pressed really hard though about my commitment to hospitalist medicine. Did get a hug at the end of the interviews, though, which is always nice. lol. I know the director well. Anywho...haven't heard back from them although they promised decision over a month ago. But that's okay, I don't really want to work nights and weekends anyway. We've been over that.
#3- Private Practice Tier 2
: Nice interview. Practice owner been there for 20 years. It's her practice. Cramped office. Didn't meet one of the docs. The other one barely made eye contact. Not a good sign! I worried about practicing in "her office" with "her patients" and whether I would be asked or expected to compromise the medical care I deliver. EMR looks dicey. She offered me a job in January and I thought about it. But eventually I said no because I don't want to be someone's wage earner. Plus her offer was well below the going rate and she wanted a 3 (!) year contract.
#4- GPG Productive Suburban Locale
: Loved them!!! Busy office, gorgeous, clean, roomy with well-respected practitioners. I liked them. They liked me. I went back for 2nd visit. They chose someone else.
*heartbroken* They wanted someone "now" because one of the docs had left them with 2 weeks notice. Couldn't wait for a resident. Not that they told me that. I heard it through the grapevine. *grrr* Would have been an ideal set-up for me. Would have put us closer to my hudband's work as well. I'm still disappointed.