“I want to go off call”

By Robert H. Blotter, MD

Does your group have a plan for anticipated or unanticipated changes in its work profile? What would you do if a partner requested a temporary leave to pursue a master’s degree in business administration? How would you respond when a member announces one day, “I want to go off call”?

Most groups must face such transitions at some point, but deciding what to do on a case-by-case basis at the time of each request can be emotionally damaging, build resentment, and set confusing precedents. The time to determine the rules for group transitions is before the crisis.

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