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Oct112011

Doctors Underestimate Their Options

nonclinical jobsBy Franz Weisbauer MD

Most of us who studied medicine went into medical school thinking that they were going into the coolest profession that was ever invented. It’s exciting, it’s intellectually stimulating, it’s well respected, it’s well paid etc. etc.

Many of us started to work as physicians after medschool and realized that there were parts to our work that we did not like that much: the long hours, death, grief, paperwork, administrators, bad pay (but everyone told us that doctors were rich?).

Some of us did not get over these undesirable aspects of the physician life, they are unhappy with what they are doing but unable to quit….after all, this is supposed to be the coolest profession (remember?). Plus, what would my friends, parents, grandparents, …. (fill in blank) think of me?

Very few of us jump in at the deep end and either don’t start to work in medicine or quit this highly respected profession to do whatever feels best to them. Many of those who are stuck, who don’t dare to exit think that there is really nothing else they can do. Think twice. You are highly educated, smart, creative, eloquent, analytical. Otherwise you would have never made it into medical school.

There are tons of jobs out there waiting for you: be it as a medical writer, entrepreneur, public health expert, medical advisor to the industry, teacher, speaker, blogger, coach, psychotherapist, angel investor etc. etc. etc. If you are one of those people who think that you are not creative enough to come up with alternatives to your current job, this video is for you….Enjoy!

By the way, we highly recommend Derek‘s book “Anything You Want”. It describes his lessons learned from founding, running and selling cdbaby an online platform for indie music. Derek can serve as a role model for all of us.

About: Dr. Franz Wiesbauer is a founder of Medcrunch

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FYI TO EVERYONE AND ANYONE! COMMENT IF YOU LIKE ESPECIALLY IF YOU KNOW SOMETHING, HAD EXPERIENCES, RECOMMENDS WHAT I SHOULD DO, IS A NURSE (comment on nurses only/procedure or comment) MEDICAL STUDENT (SENIOR) OR A MD.

Health? Went to a clinic August 29, 2011, NY -- Everything they done from Blood Pressure taking of two EKG test was ...wrong.

BP first time taking was (140/88) small cuff used TAKING BY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
BP second time taking was (160/80) small cuff used TAKING BY THE DOCTOR
EKG first taking was (100) doctor said its a little high
Put me on Metoprolol 25mg twice a day.
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Went back to the Queens Medical Office August 31, 2011:
EKG second time taking was (80) the doctor said a lot better
BP second time taking was (150/80) doctor said it went down good, keep taking medicine.
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Went to a new doctor a clinic in Nassau County, on Oct 28, 2011:
BP first time taking was (200/80) keep in mind a small cuff was used nurse took it
BP Second time taking was (160/80) this time the larger cuff was used nurse took it, keep in mind look at the queens BP second results YES IT MATCHES.
EKG taking once (114) then told to see the cardiologist for abnormal ekg
Nassau doctor switched my Metoprolol 25mg twice a day to Metoprolol Release 50mg once a day, adds to my medicine HCT water pill once a day with 1 asprin per day.

FYI; The nurse at the new clinic Nassau County said "doctors are not trained to take blood pressure." She said this because when she was taking the bp I said "the doctor in the queens place said it's hard for you to get it right the bp, it's faint you can hear it she said yeah I hear it but the Queens doctor said that's why people are getting it wrong... he said to me it's the way your blood vessels are made, made differently that's all." Is this true what the doc said?

Other Nurse NP said "Why didn't the Queens doctor give you a water pill that's the first treatment you give"
Why did the nurse who took the 200/80 reading log that in the files, when the same nurse got 160/80?

Nov 2 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

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