Letter to My Non-Compete

Let me share a letter I wrote to my non-compete several years ago:

Non-Compete,

This is my official notice that today, you no longer have any power in my life.

I remember finding out about you when I received that employment contract. I had been warned against you and even asked for you to be removed. They said, “No” so I acknowledged your presence and I signed up for you anyway.

Little did I know what type of anguish, power and turmoil you could bring to my life.

But now, as I look back exactly one year ago from when your terms started…You weren’t as important as you felt. You were just words on a page, placed in a document to control and scare me. Your paragraphs were a small fragment blacking out in a whole huge spectrum of work that I could do in this world. The people behind you used your presence as a weapon to bully me, make me feel insignificant and trapped.

So… thanks for representing the last set of chains attached to me holding me back from a life well lived. You may not know it but  you helped me find the work I’m truly meant to do.  

Today, as I celebrate your expiration, I will also be working with my state medical association to stop your colleagues from residing in contracts of my colleagues. Because your clause hurt me, my patients, my colleagues and healthcare as a whole.

Bye Bye Felicia!

Errin Weisman D.O.

Don’t let fear hold you in place. You were meant to be free.

A noncompete is not a stumbling block. It’s simply a challenge.

And when have you ever let a challenge stop you? I’m guessing … never.

So tackle this challenge head on, friend. I believe in you!

If I can do it, so can you!

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Errin Weisman DO

Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce advocate for wellness in medicine. She faced professional burnout early in her career and speaks openly about about her story in order to help others, particularly female physicians and working moms, know they are not alone. Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three.You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out with her on social media @truthrxs. Her podcast is “Doctor Me First”. 

  5 comments for “Letter to My Non-Compete

  1. Aaron M. Levine,
    December 4, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I understand when there was an investment. Earlier in my career I worked with a multisite clinic. My noncompete clause read as not practicing within 10 miles of my clinic unless I returned to academia. When I left, they took it to mean within 10 miles of any of their branch clinics. I had relocated. The Texas Courts felt that only reasonable noncompete distances for physicians are allowed to avoid taking away the ability to work.

  2. Rando
    November 26, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Mine may not be a popular opinion, but I’m a solo FP who employs a PA, and I would have never hired her without a non-compete. It’s ridiculous to think I am going to spend the money necessary to get her up and running (licensing, EMR contracts, etc) while paying her salary, only to have her turn around and move across town taking a good number of patients with her. Nobody likes non-competes but in my opinion they are necessary. Employers lose money initially on these hires and there has to be some way to protect the investments made.

    And I have been the “victim” of a non-compete clause myself, so I’m well aware how it feels.

    • stuart
      November 26, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Have employed PAs, always without non-competes.

      My experience has always been that the very few patients who follow a departing PA are, to be blunt, generally ones that I’m glad to get rid of – demanding, needy, somatoform, etc.

      I think of it as a little light housecleaning.

    • Arf
      November 28, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      And yet lawyers do the exact same thing, all over the country, and not one of them has a noncompete. Because non competes in lawyer employment contracts are barred by every Bar association in the country. It’s the unethical practice of law. Actually, the lawyers have to do more, as law graduates are not as experienced in day-to-day law practice compare to physicians. There’s no law internship and residency.

      It is my hope that someday, doctors will raise their ethical standards UP to the level of lawyers.

  3. Dr Bonz
    November 26, 2019 at 7:50 am

    The thing is, if you are celebrating the expiration of the non-compete, you apparently abided by it. That really isn’t “tackling it head on” but instead it seems to be simply living with it until it expires. We need legislation that precludes its very possibility or legality so that no one has to worry about abiding by it again.

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