Sunday, June 12, 2011


This came in the mail today:

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Any idea what it's for?


PS: The "little bit of everything" is on the reverse side, for those who must know.


Tim said...

Ad for tourism in Indiana?

PGYx said...

Almost convinces me to become a hospitalist in this unnamed state & hospital (and no, I'm not on a hospitalist track AT all). Marketers are geniuses.

I would like to know which state this is, tho'. I'd hope to leave the East Coast hustle & bustle after residency.

Anonymous said...

An ad for someplace in Colorado (or Wyoming. or Montana, or someplace up there?


DrWes said...

PGYx -

Like Tim, I think its for a rural hospital system in Indiana.

Careful, though. I always worry if a picture of the center is not included. Also, if you grew up in Indiana, it might make sense to move there - going to a location where you have little to no connection (especially when coming from an East Coast environment), you might feel incredibly isolated.

More important to ask yourself: what's the community's perception of the hospital? Whom will I be competing with (yes, there's still competition for patients out there)? What's the turnover rate for other hospitalists in this group? Can you talk to someone who's just left? How many facilities will I be covering? Hours? Who decides?

This is not about golf, or snowmobiling, or attending YMCA's or concerts - it's about your workplace - your home away from home if you will - and your professional (not just personal) satisfaction.

No matter what: do your homework.

Elaine Schattner, MD said...

Snail-mail is an old form of social media. Deceptive ads abound.

Jay said...

If you Google "The James Ford Historic House" (pictured on the front) that puts you in the heart of Wabash, Indiana.

I get these all the time too.


PGYx said...

Dr. Wes, thank you for sharing the things I should look for in a post-residency job.

I feel so fortunate to have done my internship at a hospital very well-respected by the community and dedicated to continuous quality improvement. My residents and attendings are well-educated and eager to teach me what they know. I would be very happy to have myself or a family member receive care there.

In contrast, one of my new co-residents did her IM prelim year at a big inner city hospital. She described subpar teaching and a terribly inefficient system: 3 hours & multiple calls to get a "STAT" chest x-ray. 2 hours to start placing a central line after searching multiple floors to locate adequate supplies, yikes!

It's important to me to have sufficient financial and intellectual resources to allow me to provide excellent care. I plan to keep this in mind when I seek my next job!