28 February 2010

Has it really been almost a year?!

WOW! It has been a long, long time... anyone still checking in from time to time?

I have had a bit of a career change--I am currently in a fabulous Breast Oncoplastic Fellowship. This means that I am training to do everything from breast oncologic procedures (and those for benign disease) to the reconstructive aspects of breast... as well as aesthetic breast surgeries. So, everything breast, in a nutshell. I am very much enjoying this, but I have been quite busy.

In addition, I am trying to figure out what is next--in other words, do I want to start a private (solo) practice, or be hired by a hospital... or something in between? and where to? yet another question. We have decided that we either want to be close to family, or in a warm place. and yet... it has not been easy to find something. I have tried recruiters, but the majority want me to either do general surgery with some breast, or they need someone in New York. As for the first, I have not done general surgery in more than 5 (five!!) years, and although I was very good at it at one point, it has been a looooong time. I really am not wanting to experiment on patients... As for the second, New York is terribly saturated with both breast surgeons and plastic surgeons... and it is cold... and I have really had enough... it is time to move on (figuratively and literally).

So, there you have it--the main headers to my brain's thoughts of late. There is much more, but this is enough for now.

So, any ideas or thoughts from the peanut gallery? ;) Are any of you hospital administrators looking for an assertive, passionate breast surgeon? Or maybe you are in need of a partner, tired of doing breast? I can wish...

6 comments:

rlbates said...

Yes, I've been waiting for you to begin writing again. Anything -- surgery, cooking, etc.

DrB said...

Thank you! Well, it isn't all that eloquent, but something, at least!

hairwasher said...

You should move to my area, Northeast Arkansas, closest breast surgeon is 2 or more hours away. And the winters arent too bad either if you like the occasional ice storm holiday.

DrB said...

Northeast Arkansas is very pretty, and I really wouldn't mind... my other half would, though--he wants to be near a large city.

Sarada Kakinada said...

Just discovered the blog! I do hope you continue to post, as I am interested to hear what you have to say now that you are out of residency and doing a fellowship! (Coincidentally, breast is one of the specialties I was considering. You know, one day many eons from now, when I'm all grown up. And by grown up, I mean board-certified.)

Hope it's going well!

DrB said...

Sarada, this is the second fellowship that I am doing--after general surgery residency, I went on to complete a hand and plastics fellowship. Then, I worked in the real world as a hand surgeon for 3+ years, and now am back to fellowship, although am almost done here.

Just find what you love, and it doesn't feel like work.