A reader asked me if I knew how to network other unsuspecting doctors looking to avoid bad hospitalist jobs and not become the next sucker on the block:
Do you have any thoughts about how physicians can safely socially network online to help each other avoid bad hospitalist jobs (or find good ones)?
I just left a bad job in the Southern California. Even after I had told them I was quitting, we had a bunch of poor saps interview, ask good questions, but I was quite frankly afraid to tell these guys any honest answers for fear of retribution from my then-employer. I feel like I helped doom others to the fate of "The Firm" of hospitalist positions. (i.e. They'll pay you a fu**ton, they're very unethical, but if you try to leave they'll do everything they can to f**k you over.)
Long story short, I got out of that s**thole, and I found a great position in North Dakota, but I would love to let my experience be an appropriate deterrent for fresh-out-of-residency kids who don't know how to figure out which hospitals are malignant, and which ones treat you with respect.
I had thought Sermo might have been that venue, but it's been somewhat disappointing, especially for hospitalists. It's kinda sad that there isn't a Facebook for docs, unless I'm missing something out there?
It's the old saying: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are many questions you should ask during your hospitalist job interview. However, I think one question is the most important. Ask them how long each hospitalist has been in the group. Turnover is a huge indicator of malignant programs. Unfortunately, I don't know of any online meeting place that could warn other hospitalists about what they are getting into. Perhpas it is your destiny to start a blog for it.