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Private IP

Discussion in 'Pulmonary / Critical Care Medicine' started by Monza, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. Monza


    Oct 29, 2014
    Saint Louis
    Any insights into Job prospects for IP, both academics and private.

    I'm also wandering about what the workstyle/lifestyle of private IP docs is like (with examples if possible); i.e. practice structure, hours, work mix (procedures vs clinic vs gen pulm consults vs icu).

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  3. Hernandez

    Hernandez Paranoid and Crotchety... Physician 10+ Year Member

    How do you imagine private IP will work? You walk into a city and all of the sudden either every other Pulmonologist will defer to your expertise and send you every case they have? As you're not going to go to a city that doesn't have other pulmonologists as the volume is unlikely to be there to justify much Stand alone IP. Not only othe pulm but you'd have to walk into and be able to smooze the thoracic guys we your be cutting into their model.

    I'm in practice in a fairly large city and I'm pretty busy on the pulm side of things, and I can count on 1 hand how many procedures Id need to send out, stents aren't that common, laser/cryo procedures aren't that common, I could have done a few brachy caths but I don't need an extra year of training to do that. Many recent grads are trained on nav bronch tech so doing fudicials isn't that hard. Nav bronch's are cool but SuperD is trying to push their equipments ability beyond what is reasonable (really, you want me to go after 8mm pleural based nodules?) valves and glue aren't ready for prime time.

    I may be pessimistic, but despite what the IP academics want us to believe the specialty is not ready for prime time nor do I see it working outside of large metropolitan academic centers. They can keep pushing the boundaries of what is feasible in those centers and slowly spread the training to newer generation.
  4. jdh71

    jdh71 epiphany at nine thousand six hundred feet Physician 10+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    FEMA Camp, USA
    I agree. No special jobs for "IP".

    It'll just be "one more thing" that you'll do outside of curing disease and saving lives in the unit and see dyspnea in the clinic.

    I know I'd probably defer a lot of my "IP" cases to an IP guy, mostly because I don't like long bronchs and don't care much to do them. I'd rather be seeing pateints in clinic.
  5. Hernandez

    Hernandez Paranoid and Crotchety... Physician 10+ Year Member

    From Chest.

    Which one of these is different from the rest:
    A. An interventional cardiologist
    B. An interventional radiologist
    C. An interventional Pulmonologist
    D. A large pepperoni pizza

    C. The rest can feed a family of 4.

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