fastosprintini

Junior Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 3, 2006
226
0
Status
Attending Physician
after 10 years of supervising crna's i finally saw the light and moved to an all physician group.....
i know there are several threads regarding the subject , so here my $0.02 :
the difference is amazing, i actually provide anesthetic care on my own instead doing non stop pre/post op crap and bailing out crna's who did not have the sense to plan further than "pent/sux/tube" without any plan b
(dr. sprintini to room 5 stat!) . i am treated as a physician and am a member of a well respected group . the techs and the or nurses have a clear understanding that their job is to support the docs and do so eagerly.
yes, we do work, and yes, the salary is a little lower than in a crna mill , but the payoff in gross domestic happiness is priceless...
regards to all of you (pod , noyac etc.) who do the same , it is obviously possible to work as an anesthesiologist without "midlevels".
fasto
 

Dirtball

7+ Year Member
Oct 4, 2009
64
1
Status
Attending Physician
Going on 15 years working 1:1 . Solo practice most of the time interspersed with a couple year alliance with a gentlemen who decide he could steal from the groups profits. I've only met a few MD's locally that I respect enough to partner up with, if it was needed. Otherwise , yes the financial rewards are fewer solo, but my job satisfaction has been greater than I EVER expected while learning the craft. As long as I have good night sleep behind me , I really love my work. I answer to no-one (almost) and work with a great crew of nurses. The other local solo MD who picks up the slack has been an invaluable resource in helping me develop my own comfortable style. I didn't know a practice like mine existed upon graduation. It's simple to begin. State license, malpractice, DEA cert., Medicare billing #'s if you so choose and a smile can be the start of a nice career. You kids on the forum here talking about achieving these crazy high salaries need to hear more stories like ours. Once you bury your first buddy with millions in the bank you'll hopefully understand what I can't express here all that well, cause I can't write for sheet. It really is the JOURNEY and not about the destination. Have a great day everyone.
 

sevoflurane

Ride
15+ Year Member
Jul 16, 2003
4,908
1,690
Visit site
Status
Attending Physician
after 10 years of supervising crna's i finally saw the light and moved to an all physician group.....
i know there are several threads regarding the subject , so here my $0.02 :
the difference is amazing, i actually provide anesthetic care on my own instead doing non stop pre/post op crap and bailing out crna's who did not have the sense to plan further than "pent/sux/tube" without any plan b
(dr. sprintini to room 5 stat!) . i am treated as a physician and am a member of a well respected group . the techs and the or nurses have a clear understanding that their job is to support the docs and do so eagerly.
yes, we do work, and yes, the salary is a little lower than in a crna mill , but the payoff in gross domestic happiness is priceless...
regards to all of you (pod , noyac etc.) who do the same , it is obviously possible to work as an anesthesiologist without "midlevels".
fasto
:laugh::laugh::laugh: "Sprint"... ini. :laugh::laugh:




Welcome to the club. :thumbup:
 

maceo

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Apr 1, 2008
1,050
6
Status
Attending Physician
yep been doing my own cases for 7 years now.

do everything from hearts to neuro to big backs to some kids..

still cant get out of the 300-350 range.
 

countingdays

ASA Member
5+ Year Member
May 16, 2009
1,147
33
Status
Attending Physician
Better mental health benefits though. We are 95% ACT practice. My best days are in a room by myself. Although I know I'd be happier and healthier, I am not sure it was a bad choice to go for the bucks. I can pay for my kid's private school without breaking a sweat and I can see the white's of the eyes of FU money...not quite there yet though.
FU money... living the dream...
 

IlDestriero

Ether Man
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2007
7,553
7,044
The ivory tower.
Status
Attending Physician
Funny you posted this. A job I have lusted after in the past is available now. I'm seriously considering giving up academics for a MD only gig in a nice city. I love teaching, but my best days are on my own, ass in the chair. It's a fair practice as well. Tough decision, they don't hire often, though it will be open again I'm sure in a few years. A significant number of the partners are approaching retirement.
 

GasEmDee

Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 23, 2005
292
29
Status
Attending Physician
FU money, by the standard of:

1. not having to ever worry about my kids education, living simply, paid for house, having health insurance, driving low end cars without ever working.
2. living large, and traveling without having to earn an income.


I am almost at #1. #2 is still a long way off.
I am in an MD-only private practice. I have never had to supervise anyone (except for residents when i was working in an academic practice.) I enjoy 99% of my days at work.

I make more than my simple lifestyle will ever need. Furthermore, I am lucky to enjoy my job enough that I wouldn't want to be sitting at home, without work.
 

IlDestriero

Ether Man
10+ Year Member
Nov 24, 2007
7,553
7,044
The ivory tower.
Status
Attending Physician
FU money, by the standard of:

1. not having to ever worry about my kids education, living simply, paid for house, having health insurance, driving low end cars without ever working.
2. living large, and traveling without having to earn an income.


I am almost at #1. #2 is still a long way off.
I always thought FU money was enough to be out of work for a year at your current standard of living, able to pay your tail, etc. As in, go to work one day, say "FU bastards! I'm out of here", and go home. Take a break and than think about looking for a new job. I guess I set my sights too low.:laugh:
I suppose now that many new guys would have to include enough to get out of an upside down mortgage.
 

cchoukal

Senior Member
Moderator
15+ Year Member
Jul 10, 2001
2,044
195
SF, CA
Visit site
Status
Attending Physician
FU money, by the standard of:

1. not having to ever worry about my kids education, living simply, paid for house, having health insurance, driving low end cars without ever working.
2. living large, and traveling without having to earn an income.


I am almost at #1. #2 is still a long way off.
I'm in academics and supervising 95% of the time (CRNAs and residents) and I can't imagine ever getting even to #1, much less #2. What's your secret?
 

maceo

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Apr 1, 2008
1,050
6
Status
Attending Physician
I'm in academics and supervising 95% of the time (CRNAs and residents) and I can't imagine ever getting even to #1, much less #2. What's your secret?
what does supervising 95%of time mean? 5 percent is that giving breaks?
 

jumpin bean

Junior Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
May 30, 2005
16
0
Rhode Island
Status
Attending Physician
My full time gig is working in a MD only department. I have experience supervising because I spend about 10% of my time doing locums. My happiness factor is so much higher when I'm doing my own cases. Residents, please choose MD only practice for the good of the specialty and for your own happiness. It's a great lifestyle balance with job satisfaction.