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Again, glad I know you.

Mary Smith

Hey, I was going to write "well said" too! Contentment can bring so much more joy in the now than constantly striving to "improve". I heard it's not even a healthy practice to make resolutions anymore-just leads to disappointment and unmet expectations. Happy new year Martina!

laura goodell

I'm a rural doctor in southwest Montana with two kids, husband, springer spaniel & restored VW camper van. I grew up in Bellingham, WA & worked in British Columbia through college. Found your blog through Mothers in Medicine. I feel privileged to have you as a colleague in family medicine & identify with your writing tremendously. Thank you for being thoughtful, human, hopeful, & creative. Best in 2014! Laura Goodell

Martina Scholtens

Happy New Year!

Martina Scholtens

Thank you for this. Really.
Hope 2014 is good for you, too!


Don't write off the idea of an R3... I did one last year and it was very rewarding.

Apart from that, I love the sentiment of this post. I particularly think it is insane that BC health publishes physician billings.

Martina Scholtens

But I look at R3 positions for five year residencies . . .

Apparently the Blue Book hails from Bill Bennett days when all public servants had their earnings published for transparency. Gradually every other profession discontinued this except for MSP.

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