A doctor joins a group. Things seem to go well. The doctor becomes popular in the community. After a few years, things are not so well. Maybe it’s the doctor’s fault. Maybe the group is in turmoil. Maybe it is just a bad fit.
The doctor leaves. Now there are issues: Restrictive covenants; Practice financial deficits; New competition; Unresolved anger issues on both sides.
Patients call. They have grown to trust this doctor.
Staff: “The doctor you want is not available.”
Patient: “Did he leave the practice?”
Staff: “The doctor is not here.”
Patient: “Is the doctor coming back? Is the doctor moving to another practice? Is the doctor dead?”
Staff: “We can’t say.”
As doctors, we do this to ourselves. No wonder we can’t work together to make important changes!
(Editor’s Note: Actually, I see this by hospital employers more than anything else but that picture above is perfect!! DF)