Dear Fellowship Director:
I am writing to you regarding a possible opportunity for the fellows who are completing the FP/OB fellowship at your institution.
Our practice, Elgin Family Physicians, is located 45 minutes drive northwest of downtown Chicago in Elgin, Illinois.
We currently have 5 physicians and 2 nurse practitioners, with 2 office locations. We admit to two hospitals, Sherman Hospital and St Joseph Hospital both located in Elgin. We round on our own patients and do not use hospitalists. We also go to several area nursing homes and on occasion make house-calls on selective patients, particularly those on home hospice.
We are a full spectrum practice and 3 of our 5 physician have C-sections privileges. We have several very supportive OB colleagues for backup and an excellent MFM for consultation and collaboration. Our primary hospital, Sherman Hospital, has 24/7 in house pediatricians for consultation as well as a full complement of medicine sub-specialists.
Our population is very diverse as is the population of Elgin, both in terms of ethnicity and financial resources. Sherman Hospital has a very active and strong Family Practice Department and we enjoy the support and respect of the administration. While I recognize it is late in the year, I am writing to you because we would very much like to have another C-section qualified family physician join us.
Please pass along this information to your fellows along with my email. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Dorothea Poulos, MD
You are well known to Memphis through your long standing commitment and
our previous grad Vanita Gupta MD. You and your colleagues win recognition as
I am copying this to Sara Beth Bush MD who is probably closest to finishing. I am endorsing you as an opportunity where there is no bait and switch so commonly found among recruiters.
Geopolitical challenges ahead include the lack of trainers and sites in which to train. I am suggesting that you give this some thought. You should consider support of the
board certification process in Family medicine Obstetrics with the ABPS.
Through faculty affiliation and planning you probably should have your own fellowship as a pathway to building your operation. You might collaborate with Drs Loafman and Scholcoff at Northwestern.
My caveat on your practice is the lack of point of care ultrasound(NEJM 2011) which has emerged as the quality standard of care for women's healthcare. Sending the women to MFM or the ER will not meet this standard.