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    Hi All,
    I gave my resignation notice recently from my position.
    When should I start notifying patients that I'm leaving and they need to find a new specialist.
    Management wants me to hold off on notifying patients till they have a transition plan in place. ( it will apparently take them 2 weeks to come up with this plan)
    When my colleague left this practice last year--they sent out letters notifying patients. They want to send these letters like a month before my last day. Is this normal?
    I thought we need to let patients know, as soon as possible, as it gives them ample time to find a new job.
    Thanks


  • #2
    Typically when I've been at jobs where someone has left, 30 days notice is the norm. I think that's all that's required legally, and admin usually wants to have a plan in place to inform patients. From a patient perspective, I agree that more notice is better. I don't think admin is necessarily on board with this, though (sometimes will be in case of a retirement).

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    • #3
      Thank you,
      when I leave, basically this department will close unless they find someone in next 90 days.
      Last year, they sent out 'doctor is leaving' letters for my colleague 1 week before their last day, but I was available to accommodate follow-ups.

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      • #4
        Can you tell me where you’re located and what you do so I don’t apply for that job?

        When my partner left to join private practice, the hospital system sent out letters to his patients about a month before his last day. Since he was staying in the area (no non-competes in our contracts), there was some wild stuff that happened when his hospital-employed found patients had surgery with him just a few short days or weeks after his transition. I’m not sure what he told them when they saw him in the office.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MaxPower View Post
          When my partner left to join private practice, the hospital system sent out letters to his patients about a month before his last day. Since he was staying in the area (no non-competes in our contracts), there was some wild stuff that happened when his hospital-employed found patients had surgery with him just a few short days or weeks after his transition. I’m not sure what he told them when they saw him in the office.
          Sounds like a good story, do share if you feel like it!

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          • #6
            Sound like you have 90days and system asking for two weeks, which is reasonable.. I would flat out tell them ok, you have two weeks before I start saying anything and you will be sending out letters at 60days.

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            • #7
              call your malpractice carrier, you don't want to be accused of abandonment especially if there is going to be a void in services in the area

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Random1 View Post
                call your malpractice carrier, you don't want to be accused of abandonment especially if there is going to be a void in services in the area
                "
                Originally posted by MaxPower View Post

                When my partner left to join private practice, the hospital system sent out letters to his patients about a month before his last day. Since he was staying in the area (no non-competes in our contracts), there was some wild stuff that happened when his hospital-employed found patients had surgery with him just a few short days or weeks after his transition. I’m not sure what he told them when they saw him in the office.
                "
                Follow-up and complications of any type seems like a mine field.
                Employer vs groups vs the personal ethics and impact on your own branding are all pulling in different directions.

                StarTrekDoc
                "Sound like you have 90days and system asking for two weeks, which is reasonable.. I would flat out tell them ok, you have two weeks before I start saying anything and you will be sending out letters at 60days."
                Reasonable but in any situation, the patient needs to be informed if follow-ups or complications are factors. I hope your ex partner put the patient first.

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