Peer review – drat!

Where to begin?  It’s the end of my second week back to work. I am exhausted, yet exhilarated to be back doing what I love.  My patients are wonderful.  Everyone is asking how the family is, all are eager to see pictures of the little one, and I am happy to oblige as I can’t stop looking at their beautiful faces.  I really am quite fortunate to have such a lovely, healthy, happy family and a career I love.  I am truly blessed.

Then I got the dreaded letter from the College of Physicians and Surgeons informing me that I am up for a “peer assessment”.  For the non-medical folks in the audience, this means that another physician will be coming to my office and reviewing my patient files.  “Peer assesement is intended to be an instructive and collegial interacting that assists physicians in identifying opportunities for growth in their medical practice”.  So, in other words, someone is going to make sure I’m not making it up as I go along.  I know I don’t have anything to worry about, I follow the recommended guidelines and when I don’t know something, I usually ask a specialist for help.  I take good notes that are pretty legible and for that alone, I should pass with flying colours!

Still, it’s awfully nerve-wracking.  But then I found out that my colleague is also being reviewed and she’s been in practice for 20 years and is one of the finest family physicians I have ever known.  I’ll go so far as to call her a mentor.  She’s taught me a lot in the last few years, so if she does well, I’ll certainly end up with a passing grade.  Right?

Anyway, so that was the big news this past week.  Peer assessment.  Greaaat.  Sigh.  I’ll keep you all posted.

In other exciting news, I am headed to Montreal at the beginning of November for the annual Family Medicine conference.  I am going with three friends/colleagues, and we are planning wonderful dinners and an afternoon at the spa.  And yes, of course, the conference as well.  What’s even more exciting is that I will be solo for an entire 4 days.  No husband, no kids.  Just me, my credit card and Montreal!! Can’t wait!

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