Due to many things, I will be closing my practice over the next few months and going to work for the Arkansas Disability Determination Services (DDS). I only recently made the final interview and signed the contract. My first day there will be October 3rd. I don’t want to discuss the reasons, but I want you to know how difficult a decision this has been for me.
I have not hinted to patients that I might leave until recently. I didn’t want them to leave me prematurely, so I now worry that I may not have given them enough heads up. Such a blurry line between taking care of yourself/family and abandoning patients.
I don’t think I have abandoned any of them, but I wonder if they might feel that way. I have managed to “leave the door open” to see current patients on Fridays and Saturdays (if need be) over the next few months.
Yesterday, I got the letters to patients, organizations (ie AMA, Arkansas State Medical Board, AMS, PCMS, etc), and hospitals in the mail.
There are many things left to do, but I am fortunate to have a young colleague who is willing to allow me to transfer the charts to him.
I have begun making the phone calls regarding cancelling malpractice insurance, office overhead insurance, etc. I will have to figure out a new voicemail message and when to change it.
I have been caught mid-contract with several leases (ie Pitney Bowes, credit card processor, and the actual office), but so it goes. I have yet to talk with the building management. I am hoping they will be able to sublease it for me.
I hope to continue to blog. I have to maintain my medical license and do CMEs and blogging has become a way of learning for me. Not sure what to do with the title as I will no longer be “suturing” for a living, but for now it will stay the same. I will update the header at some point.