A senior surgeon I used to work with, who left my institution after a string of bad outcomes made it clear he wasn’t actually qualified for clinical privileges (had been relying upon the skills of excellent fellows at another place most of his career) has apparently gotten a job in a different part of the country.
His job is as a HOSPITALIST. Not just a hospitalist, but the head of hospitalist medicine.
I have to admit my colleagues and I were shocked that something like this could happen. This man was an attending surgical subspecialist for like 30 years before he got this hospitalist job. There’s absolutely no way he has the knowledge base to safely take care of complex medicine patients. Also, what a slap in the face to the rest of the hospitalist medicine group at his new hospital.
Has anyone heard of a similar situation? Does this mean if I suck at my job I can just go get a job somewhere as some other kind of physician? Are there rules about this kind of thing, or is it really just up to the individual hospital?
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