The Story of MEP Book Excerpt: Dr. Jesse Irwin, Director of Recruiting

Jesse Irwin headshotFour years of med school, five years in the Navy, and three at residency at George Washington—and I still couldn’t make an excel spreadsheet to save my life. I also really didn’t want to ask my MBA wife for help, so I tore out a piece of notebook paper and did what many new emergency physicians do: I drew out a pluses and minuses diagram to decide which job offer to take.

Years later I still think about this moment and the day that led up to it. I remember the feeling of being unsure about what direction to take during a very unfamiliar period of my life. Later, when I became MEP’s head of recruiting, with no previous HR or recruiting experience, I knew that at least I would be able to relate my experience to the new docs who were going through the same thing.
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The Story of MEP Book Excerpt: Dr. Chesney Fowler, Assistant Director of Recruiting

Fowler, Chesney MD SOMD FTEditor’s note: the following is an excerpt from the The Story of MEP, a forthcoming book of stories from MEP providers and support staff about their lives, values, motivations, and career paths.

I can talk for hours about the Amish. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, I studied comparative religion and pre-law. I completed a thesis on the experiences of Amish adolescents, which required many months hunched over a laptop in my small apartment. At one point, my pile of research material literally fell over and buried me in a mountain of paper.Continue Reading >

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What Does “Patient Satisfaction” Really Mean in the Emergency Room?

Angelo Falcone headshotIn the last several shifts I’ve worked in the ED I’ve had more people stop and compliment me on my care. I’ve heard the usual, “Do you have a private practice?” compliment and, “I’ve been here a lot and you really took the time to hear what I was saying, I appreciate that.”Continue Reading >

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Two New ER Docs Go On the Most Epic Road Trip/Job Search Ever

Jim McQuistonEditor’s note: the following is an excerpt from the The Story of MEP, a forthcoming book of stories from MEP providers and support staff about their lives, values, motivations, and career paths.

Jenny and I met during my intern year at Syracuse. She was my medical student and her dorm was only a stone’s throw from the hospital. I could make it back to the ICU in less than three minutes. It was a scene straight out of Gray’s Anatomy. I’ll admit that it took a dozen times for me to realize that her requests to review EKGs yet again meant something entirely different than I thought. We started dating and she got very good at EKGs that year.

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Four Lessons for Hospitals from a Trip to Disney World

David Klein headshotRecently, I returned from a trip to Disney with my family. It was my third time at the parks, but this trip was different. My wife and I were thrilled to have brought our three children, son in law, and, most importantly, our two grandchildren. Seeing my three and a half year old grandson, Erez, greet each experience with awe and excitement certainly left me smiling.

Of course, my dedication to my profession didn’t falter, and as an emergency physician and Chief Medical Officer for a physicians group I found myself taking lessons from Disney and applying them to our hectic life in the hospitals we serve.Continue Reading >

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Emergency Medicine Physicians At the Center of Achieving the Triple Aim

Vipul Kella HeadshotIt is amazing to me how far emergency medicine has come as a specialty. Until the 1970s, emergency rooms were staffed by low-level resident interns who moonlighted for extra money or physicians who couldn’t find work elsewhere. After finally getting recognized as a specialty, the specialty still spent a few decades finding its way: developing training programs, improving quality, and generally trying to raise the bar on emergency care in the U.S.Continue Reading >

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How Mentorship & Leadership Development Took Me from Residency to Assistant Medical Director

Neil Roy HeadshotEditor’s note: the following is an excerpt from the The Story of MEP, a forthcoming book of stories from MEP providers and support staff about their lives, values, motivations, and career paths.

As I approached residency graduation, like many new physicians before me, I was scared. During residency I had been surrounded by mentors – people guiding my personal growth and development, and I was scared that on my own, that growth would stop.Continue Reading >

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What Does Patient Choice Have to Do With Integrated Care?

Angelo Falcone headshotRecently I was taking care of a gentleman in one of our Emergency Departments named Paul. Paul is 55 with a history of alcohol abuse. He also had some psychiatric problems, and was diagnosed with rectal cancer approximately one year ago.

He was placed in one of our psychiatric rooms as he was visibly intoxicated and complaining of the abdominal pain. On further questioning he was concerned that his abdominal pain was getting worse and he was scheduled for surgery at a university referral center for possible release of adhesions (scar tissue) in his abdomen.Continue Reading >

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Thai McGreivy, MD, Memorial Scholarship

Thai McGreivy PhotoMEP is now accepting applications for the 2015 Thai McGreivy, MD, Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Thai McGreivy, a dear friend and one of MEP’s founding partners, and in collaboration with his wife, Katherine.

The scholarships are awarded each year to a selected high school senior, and can be renewed each year. The recipient can be the child of any employee of MEP or its partner companies, including all partner hospitals or facilities, and PSR.

Applications for this year’s award must be postmarked by May 1st to be considered. Please download the full application and guidelines here: 2015 Thai McGreivy, MD, Memorial Scholarship.

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What to Consider When A Huge Publicly-Traded Company Buys Your Emergency Group

Kyle Bray headshotHospital leaders who are successful managers today are successful because they manage change. The great hospitals leaders by now have become masters at it. But there’s a difference between change you can see coming (bundled payments, EHR implementations, declining reimbursements, CINs) and change that shows up unannounced on the front door.

That’s often what it feels like when a huge, publicly traded company acquires a smaller physicians group. It can feel like a long-lost uncle suddenly showing up at your doorstep, which is to say it’s not always all harmonious. Continue Reading >

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