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    Tuesday, March 08, 2011
    Butt, Kicked

    Happy freakin' Mardi Gras, everybody.

    A few weeks ago I made the decision to start seeing patients earlier in the morning, with the goal of getting out earler in the evening. Let me tell you just how well that's working out: I had dinner at 8:30 pm tonight.

    Still, it could be worse; last week at our monthly staff meeting our CEO put up a PowerPoint slide of the number of patients seen by each doctor in the group one day earlier in the month. For me it was all entertainment, as the day chosen was a Thursday and I don't see patients on Thursdays. The names of the doctors weren't given; too bad, I thought. That would have made it more entertaining. Number of patients seen ranged from 1 to 73. In case you are wondering the doc who saw 73 patients in one day was an orthopedist (that's par for the course). A lot of docs saw fewer than 18 patients. I always see more than that.

    I have noticed that I am getting a steady flow of new patients, which is a great blessing. The economic problems of Southern California continue to hit us hard and our total number of patients seen is down. With the improved employment numbers from this week, maybe things are getting better; I certainly hope so.

    And now off to bed. I have to get up and do it again tomorrow.




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