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  • #16
    Originally posted by snowcanyon View Post
    Thank you all so much. This has been super duper helpful, and I appreciate everyone's advice.

    Any thoughts on the subject line for the email?
    'So Long, and thanks for all the fish'

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    • #17
      Make sure you have a copy in your personal email too as you might lose access to your work email.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by snowcanyon View Post
        Thank you all so much. This has been super duper helpful, and I appreciate everyone's advice.

        Any thoughts on the subject line for the email?
        “Resignation”

        Or you can pull the elderly person move and put the entire body of the email in the subject line, too.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by snowcanyon View Post
          Thank you all so much. This has been super duper helpful, and I appreciate everyone's advice.

          Any thoughts on the subject line for the email?
          “Buh-bye”
          ”hate me cuz you ain’t me”

          probably stick with “letter of resignation”

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          • #20
            Agree with Anne. Whatever be the past circumstances, be professional, courteous and to the point.

            Agree with Letter of resignation as title. Give a date and the required notice and last date of work. Thank for the opportunity to work with them.

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            • #21
              I would make a list of grievances you have against the employer and include them in your email. You can add a personal insult against their family if you've met them before as well. It's best to burn all the bridges when you go so you won't regret leaving.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by nephron View Post
                I would make a list of grievances you have against the employer and include them in your email. You can add a personal insult against their family if you've met them before as well. It's best to burn all the bridges when you go so you won't regret leaving.
                And use KMAYOYO as your subject line to light the fire.

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                • #23
                  Good News: Joining the Great Resignation,

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                  • #24
                    I would never give notice of resignation in an email first. I value my relationships with my colleagues too much. And most specialties in medicine are a small world, so I like to keep things very professional.

                    First thought, I would meet with my director in person, let them know of my resignation plans, then send written confirmation by email shortly after the meeting to formalize and document, in writing, the exact situation.

                    Second thought, what is your next move? Are you retiring? EM jobs are not easy to come by these days. And the word has gotten out. The match this year had 67 EM programs that did not fill. The med students heard that the job market was sh!t and they ran for the exits. What a difference a year makes!

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                    • #25
                      Don't burn your bridges.

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                      • #26
                        assuming you have reasonable relationships with your bosses i would keep this as classy as possible.
                        hand written thank you note (totally separate from resignation notice) with a $150 bottle of wine.
                        this will likely be money well spent.
                        note that a few disagreements doesn't take this strategy off the table, people remember stuff like this.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by MPMD View Post
                          assuming you have reasonable relationships with your bosses i would keep this as classy as possible.
                          hand written thank you note (totally separate from resignation notice) with a $150 bottle of wine.
                          this will likely be money well spent.
                          note that a few disagreements doesn't take this strategy off the table, people remember stuff like this.
                          All I can say is that the way MPMD is throwing around $150 bottlers of whiskey and wine, I cannot wait to be invited over for drinks at his place!

                          I agree with a conversation with your immediate boss or chief of service prior to the formal resignation. The content of the letter may vary depending on the relationship and the employer (private practice vs. hospital vs. company). An email should be sufficient, but some entities might request a written letter, too.

                          I recently (late 2020) resigned from three different positions. My resignation letters were along the lines of:

                          "Dr. X,

                          As we have recently discussed, I am officially resigning from xxx effective xx/xx/xxxx. I have enjoyed working with you and the others here at xx over the past x years and wish you and my other colleagues (or teammates, if appropriate) continued success in the future. Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of service to you in the future.

                          Best regards, xx"

                          Aside - My service chief at my longest standing position presented me with a $75 bottle of Cabernet on my last day.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by VagabondMD View Post
                            All I can say is that the way MPMD is throwing around $150 bottlers of whiskey and wine, I cannot wait to be invited over for drinks at his place!
                            Me too. I heard Chicago is gorgeous in summer.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by VagabondMD View Post

                              All I can say is that the way MPMD is throwing around $150 bottlers of whiskey and wine, I cannot wait to be invited over for drinks at his place!

                              I agree with a conversation with your immediate boss or chief of service prior to the formal resignation. The content of the letter may vary depending on the relationship and the employer (private practice vs. hospital vs. company). An email should be sufficient, but some entities might request a written letter, too.

                              I recently (late 2020) resigned from three different positions. My resignation letters were along the lines of:

                              "Dr. X,

                              As we have recently discussed, I am officially resigning from xxx effective xx/xx/xxxx. I have enjoyed working with you and the others here at xx over the past x years and wish you and my other colleagues (or teammates, if appropriate) continued success in the future. Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of service to you in the future.

                              Best regards, xx"

                              Aside - My service chief at my longest standing position presented me with a $75 bottle of Cabernet on my last day.
                              This is a very sound strategy. One tactic I took the last time I quit, as it was clear I was no longer aligned with the direction my department wanted to go. For months they tried to convince me to get on board and why and I'd say why I didn't think this was a good idea. I realized soon enough that this wasn't going to work and went on the market. Once I secured a new job and had accepted, I put in my two weeks. I framed this as "you guys deserve to have the best team going forward with the new strategy. Thank you for giving me the chance to try to shift my mentality to be in sync with the new direction we're going in. I have determined that I am not able to do this, and thus I'm no longer the best person for this position. Thank you for giving me a chance, and best wishes finding someone who can now better perform in this role than I am able." Totally made them feel they had the freedom to choose while I remain convinced they were headed in the wrong direction.

                              I think ultimately I would have been let go but my boss was one who didn't like conflict and I knew it, so I lifted a huge weight off his shoulders and I think he was really grateful.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by JBME View Post

                                This is a very sound strategy. One tactic I took the last time I quit, as it was clear I was no longer aligned with the direction my department wanted to go. For months they tried to convince me to get on board and why and I'd say why I didn't think this was a good idea. I realized soon enough that this wasn't going to work and went on the market. Once I secured a new job and had accepted, I put in my two weeks. I framed this as "you guys deserve to have the best team going forward with the new strategy. Thank you for giving me the chance to try to shift my mentality to be in sync with the new direction we're going in. I have determined that I am not able to do this, and thus I'm no longer the best person for this position. Thank you for giving me a chance, and best wishes finding someone who can now better perform in this role than I am able." Totally made them feel they had the freedom to choose while I remain convinced they were headed in the wrong direction.

                                I think ultimately I would have been let go but my boss was one who didn't like conflict and I knew it, so I lifted a huge weight off his shoulders and I think he was really grateful.
                                You could have just said "It's not you, it's me."

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