I work in a dermatology office as a medical assistant. I am applying this cycle for school. However, despite the pandemic, we are still seeing non-emergent outpatients, including cosmetic patients.
We've been taking half-measures to cut back on patients. For example, we called all patients over 65 and offered them preferential rescheduling and virtual visits. But patients' responses have been, "Well, if the doc thinks it's fine to have the office open, I'm sure I'll be fine coming in." Even 90+ year old patients who are scheduled for routine stuff. I personally called about 30 patients this week, and a total of 3 let me reschedule or cancel their appointment. We've been authorized to reschedule cancer excisions for up to 3 months, so truly nothing we see is urgent.
We had to place an order for gloves and Sani-Cloths today, and all I could think was these supplies are more needed elsewhere.
As I said, my application cycle is coming up, and I'm expecting my boss, the doctor, to write a recommendation letter. Is there a good way to express my concerns about keeping the office open? I fully understand the position a private practitioner is in, having to make lease payments, payroll, and take care of their patients, but I truly feel we are putting our staff and patients at unnecessary risk. Because the majority of our patients are elderly and many have comorbidities, I feel this risk outweighs the benefits of continuing to see patients, especially non-emergent ones.
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