Just out of curiosity, did you happen to have any lawyers look over the contracts at your 4 bad jobs? What was it that was so bad about them?
I appreciate all the help you've given us here on SDN btw.
Of course, I ALWAYS have my lawyer over see my contracts. I have him on speed dial. The specifics of each situation was different. In all fairness the first job I left wasn't because of the job, it was because my family was super unhappy. The last job I was told the company was bankrupt and they couldn't keep me on - had to fight for my last paycheck since they hadn't paid the other doctors for months before I got there to take over. Needless to say the check they handed me was around $50K and I held my breath hoping it would cash - it did.
The second job ended basically due to breach of contract by the facility who hired me and the fact that the nurses conspired to get rid of me because I made them work. I found out after the fact that they made up a story stating that I was mean to them and the patients (there is more to it). Anyhow, the CEO of the hospital took their word for it, proceeded to berate me during our hour meeting. Needless to say I left totally flabbergasted since none of it was true. It was the beginning of the end. I resigned 2 weeks later.
The third job ended because I was supposed to take over an existing practice since the doctor wanted to retire. Just before I started the job my recruiter was fired. When I showed up, the doctor had decided to only go half time because of his wife so I was shuttled between two offices. There were other issues and "the company" forced his retirement in full due to the wife sabotaging my paperwork with the state medicare/medicaid so I wouldn't get paid. Once I took over the practice fully, I uncovered an extreme amount of medical malpractice cases made against patients, medicare fraud etc. When I brought it to the attention of the legal dept, trying to do the right thing internal politics left me without staff to run an office and I ended up resigning. There is more to it of course but that's the jist of it. They knew the cases were valid and they didn't want me to inform the patients so they gave me 3 months pay to keep my mouth shut and walk away. I didn't pay back any sign on money, moving money, or tail coverage.