New to this forum - have a question for you guys
I have learned alot reading these posts. Now I have a question for anyone who wants to answer...I am a DA Civilian, Board Cert Psychiatrist, and work at a large Army installation. I spent most of my career in the civilian sector, and just as an aside, this is the best job I've ever had. (The grass is NOT greener on the other side of the fence - the grass is DEAD. )
And by the way, AHLTA has it's disadvantages but compared to alot of other EMR'S I've used, it's really not that bad, and you have to take into account that the system is up and running 24/7/365 GLOBALLY, not just in one office or hospital.
And I do not hit the road at 1630. It's usually more like 1830 or 1900 as a rule. Some of my military colleagues are finishing up the first nine holes at that point...
So here's the question. The Army has a deal where if you can finish a two year obligation before you reach the age of 62, you can come on active duty. I'm seriously thinking about this - and since about half the people I've talked to ask if I've finally lost it, I'd be interested in your opinions. My reasons? There is a serious shortage in my specialty and a growing need that will outlast the current conflicts. Military service is a family tradition and I have always felt a duty to serve. And, finally, to better help my patients - as a psychiatrist it DOES make a difference to the soldiers that you know what it's like to be a green suiter.
So - I'm about a week away from submitting my application - anyone have any thoughts about coming on active duty at age 59? I'd love to hear from you.