Jan 2006 Table of Contents

LETTERS

Homogenized lemmings, continued



FREE PREVIEW Log in or buy this issue to read the full article. AAFP members and paid subscribers get free access to all articles. Subscribe now.


FREE PREVIEW Subscribe or buy this issue. AAFP members and paid subscribers get free access to all articles.

Fam Pract Manag. 2006 Jan;13(1):20.

In response to Dr. Sanford Brown’s letter to Dr. Marissa Muscat [October 2005] about his use of the term “homogenized lemmings” to describe employed physicians: Many of the “large numbers of family physicians who claim they are unhappy practicing family medicine” that Dr. Brown referred to in his letter are practicing independently – with full-time management responsibilities on top of a busy patient care schedule. And the solo, part-time practice that Dr. Pamela Wible [Letters, October 2005] says produces income equal to the salary she earned as a full-time, employed physician just isn’t realistic in many underserved areas. Uninsured or underinsured patients make up the majority of many practices in such areas, and a busy schedule is unavoidable if the needs of the community are to be met. I suspect that I am among thousands of very satisfied physicians who can focus on patient care while administrators manage the practice with our input. Divisive terms such as “lemmings” should be avoided in our professional discussions.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Send your comments to fpmedit@aafp.org. Submission of a letter will be construed as granting AAFP permission to publish the letter in any of its publications in any form. We cannot respond to all letters we receive. Those chosen for publication will be edited for length and style.


Copyright © 2006 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact fpmserv@aafp.org for copyright questions and/or permission requests.

Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions


Article Tools

  • Print page
  • Share this page
  • FPM CME Quiz

Information From Industry