AN EXPLANATION of past couple of years for many of you who keep asking what has happened to me.
I have taken a short sabbatical from practicing medicine due to multiple factors.
One, was that for 23 years, I owned and managed a 6 doctor practice, followed by selling the practice and being a solo physician past 5 years. I was truly overwhelmed and “burnt out”.
Second, being somewhat an unofficial expert of Adult ADD from a family practice slant, I encountered some challenging obstacles in my continual pursuit of providing optimal quality care to my patients. These challenges have been quite stressful both to my patients and to me.
Third, a PHP psychiatrist felt also this was the best route for me plus he also felt that I needed to focus and have time to prepare for my recertification exams on July 15, 2010
I was placed in the PHP after a complaint by a PARENT of an ADULT patient was received by the state board of medicine. The patient did not complain, but the parent registered the complaint with the state medical board. The state board was obligated to investigate me , which was fine , since I felt that I gave appropriate quality care to this patient.
The STATE, a couple of months ago, sent me a letter stating that the investigation case WAS DISMISSED and that there was NO legal wrongdoing found…
The PHP and PHMP are programs for assisting impaired physicians in guidance and care while continuing their medical professions.
Due to the complaint,however, I was evaluated by one of the PHP Addictions Psychiatrist and was initially Diagnosed as “Impaired -even though I NEVER WAS or HAVE BEEN impaired. I disagreed with the diagnosis, but it was out of my control.
For the past 15 years my Adult ADD has always treated by a an appropriate physician in addition to my psychologist providing excellent therapy.
To keep my medical license intact, I enlisted in both the PHP and PHMP. Most of you know I was sent to a facilty near Chicago for 3 months for an evaluation, where I became a big fan of deep dish Pizza. I attend weekly meetings and Cadeceus meetings as part of my obligations to the PHP and PHMP. I have presently one and half years left to complete the program for the PHMP.
The psychiatrist who initially diagnosed me as being dependent , to his credit, realized I wasn’t dependent or addicted to any substances. He realized that the significant amount of stress from the past 10 years of unusual stressors along with being very ADD contributed to my situation.
We all the know the axiom, “Doctors make the worst patients”, and , I , of course , might be there
Fortunately, my ADD is being treated on the same the medication , that I was previously on for 15 years. And , yes, it has made a difference.( as my staff and many of you can attest to that)
In conclusion, I have paid a huge price for being BOTH a patient plus being somewhat of an unofficial expert of ADULT ADD, which, unfortunately is a very slippery slope.
I do know that I have had only one lawsuit-20 years ago and won it , so that has to mean I have done something right the past 30 years.
Sorry, not many jokes on this post, but hopefully some will appear when life allows it.Hopefully, I will be back in the saddle again in the near future.