I had an unexpected partial raise in pay rate last week of April...I was kinda "promised" by my QA that I will be off QA at the end of April so I would get the full raise...
I had been on a QA-optional status, hence the partial raise, since that time.
When 100% QA-optional, it will be a full raise, then would follow production-based incentives.
Last week I sent an email to my QA re my status (i.e., when I would be completely QA-optional). No reply until this afternoon.
We had a brief chat. Definitely things are looking better and going faster than I anticipated.:
QA: Hi Manang- this is QA, I am logged in under Boss' IM for right now- I am at her house- I had to get away from my home very quickly as it was a violent situation. I just want to apologize for not being responsive lately and wanted to let you know I am back. I apologize if I appeared rude or unprofessional. I had a very rough few days as I had toXpXeXrXsXnXalX- but I hope to be on the mend soon!
md_mt032305: Oh...no problem! I hope things will get better for you soon...
md_mt032305: I feel like hugging you
md_mt032305: take your time...I am doing fine...
QA: you are doing better than fine!! you are one of our Superstars!!! Thank you for the hug- much needed and appreciated! I am not used to depended on other people for things. Today I would like to work just with you on your work que issues and see if we can resolve them today! I hate to ask you this again, but my mind is still not all there with me! Please let me know- you can IM or email. The first three docs and from then out- your next options to help with you productivity. Has your line count gone up? It seems that it has. Also, are you still in QA on anyone or optional only if you have a question? I am ready to get you 100% QA free
md_mt032305: you don't have to if you don't feel like it, but thanks for opting to attend to my issues..Here's the list of my most fave dictators from my highest priority: Dr1, Dr2,Dr3, Dr4, Dr5, Dr6, Dr7 and Dr8. I am not yet QA-op on the last 4. I can accomodate the other 5 doctors in my pool if you badly need help finishing them (Dr9, Dr10, Dr11, Dr12, and Dr13 in that order).
md_mt032305: I want to express my appreciation for taking good care of me.
md_mt032305: btw, I am not yet QA-op on the 3Drs from the last list.
QA: okay sweetie- I am going to have Boss take you off QA on those last four- you dont need it- or actually on all of them. I know you will send if you need to for QA. As soon as Boss gets back down here- I will get your work pool in order! You are just fantastic! After doing the transcription for a while, I really believe that you should look into moving into QA/editing- your skill and knowledge level would lend itself very nicely to this.
md_mt032305: Thanks for the praises, but I don't have the confidence yet to do that...
md_mt032305: and my past work as QA editor was quite traumatic for me...I don't feel like dealing with that kind of stress again...
QA: In time you will. There is a potential to make greater income- perhaps as we grow, that is something you will keep in mind. It is not stressful if you work for the right company.
md_mt032305: well, yes...the company does matter a lot...but I did learn a lot from you when you were doing QA on me...
md_mt032305: you knew exactly how to deliver feedback that encourages an MT
QA: just something to keep in mind! I had some TERRIBLE QA people in the past who made me feel like I needed to go work at Burger King!
md_mt032305: yes, I will keep that in mind...I just know that this is a great company, and I would be glad to be a part of/contributor to its growth!
QA: It is booming now and we have accounts lined up and ready to go with us as soon as we can staff them
md_mt032305: and that is sad...this work requires a great deal of skills and knowledge...it is not easy to find techie people with a strong medical background
QA: too bad too- it is such a great opportunity to be able to work at home
md_mt032305: I read fromBoss' last email about check crossing Canada. I have a friend who recently moved there, another doctor from PI, who is also interested in doing MT. Can I ask her to try applying?
QA: OH YES PLEASE DO!! I would be very happy to work to help her get accomodated to the system and the work! Ask her to please at her convenience send me an e-mail and we could get her on the road to working! How exciting! Can you not practice medicine when you move here?
md_mt032305: I have read enough horror stories about the medical practice
QA: The state of our health care system is shameful
md_mt032305: so many doctors get out of a state/city (ex. Chicago) or the profession itself (OB to teaching high school)
md_mt032305: disillusioned with the system
md_mt032305: insurance companies earning the big bucks
QA: no longer about the patients
md_mt032305: it is sad...treating patients for free gives us a different kind of high...but nowadays very few people appreciate that...can't blame them bec lots of drs also have become indifferent to make both ends meet, or just being arrogant
QA: and the frivoulous law suits and malpractice.... just terrible! So many doctors have become very callous and uncaring toward the patients beacause of the system
md_mt032305: yeah...but I am observing a trend -- online patient care...not sure if that will work fine...maybe then I will consider going back...in any case, this is a very good business on the side...Who knows? Maybe in time I wll have an income from this good enough to allow me to practice medicine without sacrificing patient care just so to earn enough to pay the insurance premium?...
QA: I had the opportunity to work for some of the large pharmeceutical companies on drug studies for Oncology (worked on the pahse three of Arimidex) and although it was very grattifying work, the amount of money the drug companies spent on nonsense and to entertain the doctors- when prices for prescriptions are so high that many cannot afford the medications needed was very alarming
md_mt032305: I am emailing my friend in Canada now...
QA: Great! Online medicine is becoming a very intriguing area of medicine-especially in rural areas.
md_mt032305: that too...I am uncomfortable knowing that a lot of pharma companies are manipulating doctors...just take a look at the latest guidelines on cholesterol and bp levels...I am not sure how much of that is honest...maybe they just want more sale for their drugs (pharm companies sponsor most of these studies anyway...). I can't help but think of doing Homeopathic Med if I will practice
md_mt032305: ok...done calling on other Filipino MDs (nonpractising like me) from Canada and US
QA: I absolutely agree- I have high cholesterol but did not want to try statins and am a big believer in vitamins and herbs and have reduced my greatly with red rice yeast and fish oil in conjunction with flax seed oil
md_mt032305: have you heard abt coconut oil (see Dr. Mercola's website and other scientific articles there written by PhD Chem...). I am a great cholesterol skeptic...recently saw a website of same people refuting the claims that cholesterol is bad for us...I still have reservations, though, but I try to eat foods as close as possible to their natural state.
QA: yes- that is what I have gone to as well- very little processed food. I try not to pay attention to a lot of the studies beacause I know how that whole system works with the drug companies manipulating the docs.
md_mt032305: well...i love chatting with you...lol...but I have to work now... Cheer up!
QA: Thank you have a wonderful day!
md_mt032305: you too! And thanks for everything that you have done for me...