Can You Imagine?

I am a grunt.   I am in the trenches of medicine , right now working at an Urgent Care center.  Yes, it is my choice but this is the problem with healthcare.  This was just sent to me by one of my readers.  It seems Dr. Callahan needs an assistant:


Elizabeth Callahan, MD

Position: Personal Assistant to Physician
Job #:  21905 Openings: 1
Wage Range:  $25,000 – $30,000 Last Updated:  Monday, November 26, 2012
Job Type:  Administrative / Full-Time Job Location: Sarasota
Job Description:

Seeking organized detail-driven personal assistant for busy Sarasota physician. Full time position that encompasses organizing the professional and personal details of the owner/medical director of growing dermatology practice. Job duties include, but are not limited to: maintaining and organizing multiple calendars of professional and personal events; detailed travel arrangements (air, hotel, car service, etc); correspondence and other communication with various persons on behalf of doctor; miscellaneous errands. Must have exceptional organizational skills. Must be highly experienced with computers, both Windows and Mac, including computerized calendar software. Ability to deal with multiple requests using discretion and a positive attitude. Full time with occasional later hours. Some medical experience is a plus.
Job Qualifications:

High school diploma.

This was posted on for all to see so I am not digging up any dirt.   And her picture is used to show that she is a real person.   Basically I am just jealous.

Can you imagine making so much money as a doctor that you need a personal assistant?  I would love that.  No, actually I would want a bodyguard.   I would hire Vance Lassey, MD.   And my friend Lou Savarese.  He is an ex-boxer.  So, two bodyguards.  Both are over 6’5 ft tall.    And then I would have them dress in black suits and sun glasses and I would rule the world!


And that is the problem with the disparity of incomes between physicians.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Can You Imagine?

  1. Sir Lance-a-lot
    December 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Doug, you’re taking BoTox classes?
    Heck, I can teach you, in half an hour.
    Only problem is, since each vial of the stuff costs over $500, and every MoFo in Maine wants a “discount,” you’ll never make a penny.

    I speak from experience.

    By the way, anyone want to buy a couple of really nice laser machines?
    Bangor Savings would love for you to take over the payments (and actually pay them).

    Seriously, though, Doug, come on down to Kennebunkport and I’ll let you push some BoTox on some “barter” customers (since nobody is willing to part with cash).

    Oh, and as for the actual topic of this thread – I thought all doctors were rich when I went to med school and I’d never have to worry about money again – HA!

  2. Vance
    December 5, 2012 at 3:00 am

    By the way, I really am jealous and want such an assistant myself.

    I have a buddy who’s an ER doc up in the Twin Cities area. He has a SCRIBE. This was a new concept to me. At a poker game last winter, he told me how it works. He and the scribe walk into the ER exam room. He asks the history questions, the scribe records all of the responses into the EMR on a tablet computer or whatever. Then he examines the patient, announcing all of his findings, and the scribe records all that. Then he says all the stuff he wants to order (labs, xrays, meds, etc) and the scribe enters the orders, and he simply clicks something to verify that the scribe-entered orders are correct. DONE. HE DOES NO PAPERWORK.

    DUDE! A doctor who doesn’t have to do paperwork is as absurd-sounding to me as a dentist who doesn’t have to look at nasty teeth or a stripper who doesn’t have to take her clothes off or a politician that doesn’t have to lie. It does not compute. I almost had a stroke when he lined me out on this bizzaro-reality.

    AND…to top it off, he makes over seven times more than I do for the same work…AND I HAVE TO DO INSANE AMOUNTS OF PAPERWORK.

    It’s a crazy world, man.


  3. Vance
    December 5, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Doug, I’ll seriously consider this. I’m probably not a very good fighter, because I look intimidating as hell (especially with my new shaved head and long goatee) and have never really had to fight. But neither does a blowfish, right?

    Talk to Lou. Get your Botox classes out of the way. I’ll always keep on sunglasses and look around suspiciously at everybody with one finger in my ear like the secret service. We’ll make a fortune.

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