10+ Year Member
- Sep 28, 2007
- Attending Physician
Now the place might not be the cleanest or most modern, but I actually found VA practice very enjoyable. Everything is streamlined with that fantastic EMR. Patients, staff, and physicians alike all seem to have a lot of respect for each other. And there are minimal headaches when it comes to getting testing done, consults, etc. You type it into the computer and it gets done.I haven't posted here in years but this topic struck a nerve with me. I read the first page until it became a pissing match.
This physician brings up an interesting idea that we all should be more aware of: physicians (all fields) should be more active in politics and health care law. Now...this guy did not go about it in the best way by any means, however, he did voice an opinion which MANY medical students and practicing doctor's DON'T KNOW CRAP ABOUT (trust me I am around them a lot). A majority of them don't know how or why they get paid just that they do indeed get paid. They don't like business and law...this is why they went into medicine but as we all know what goes into law a business directly affects our practice. Please educate yourself now and in the future about your particular specialty affiliates and support (ie give money) lobbying and lawmakers that backup your position.
As as a final point pre-meds IN GENERAL really don't know where a medical student, resident, or attending (fully trained practicing physician) is coming from in regards to health care. It takes so much sacrifice that you can't fully understand it until yourself go through it. Even as a finishing 2nd year medical student about to take USMLE can't fully comprehend. Sacrifice in terms of family time, friends, weekends, nights, holidays, events, baseball games, dinners, etc. In the end, we want AUTONOMY and GOOD REIMBURSEMENTS and the ability to take best care of out patients. Yes people go to med school IN PART because they know they will be more than financially secure. If you want to see how government run health care is, spend a day in the VA (veterans hospital) and ask yourself if this is how you want your health care to be. I too see cash-based practices more prevalent then they already are in the future.
As a final note. Its not all gloom and doom as people are very dramatic in this field. You do work your ass off (and don't ask me if I would do it over because you wouldn't like the answer) but you do have lots of rewards. I have limited clinic time (way less than even a full month) but have experienced great rewards in medicine that are only unique to this field.
A dermatologist in Texas fired his obama-voting employee and bragged about it on an online forum. I can't find the link (its been deactivated) but was posted in the derm board.