BY HAYWARD ZWERLING
- After a 3 decade career in a solo private practice the healthcare environment shifted
- As an employed physician, my institution’s policies hindered my ability to care for my patients
- The consequent moral injury left me unwilling to re-engage with the healthcare industry
I retired early from the profession that I loved because the devolution of the healthcare system had made it impossible for me to provide care to my patients in a manner which met my own standards. The resultant “moral injury” left me leary of again becoming involved with our healthcare system in the near future.
My Early Career
Although I had originally planned a career as a physician-scientist, it became apparent toward the end of my training that this was not the best career path for me and I choose to pursue a career in private practice.
My first post-training job was as a physician working in a clinic owned by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (1989-1991.) After two years in this relatively low stress environment it became clear that taking care of young, healthy patients was not much fun nor interesting.
I then joined Dr. LP’s private medical practice where I learned how to run a private practice. It was in this setting that I began to create an electronic medical record program for my practice, ComChart EMR. ComChart evolved into a minor commercial endeavor, it was a hobby that earned me some money, and it connected me to many interesting physicians around the US, some of whom I continue to hear from to this day.
After a couple of years practicing alongside Dr. LP I decided it was time to strike out on my own. I built out a new office and soon thereafter added a nurse practitioner.Continue reading…