1. Befriend the office check-in and scheduling people. If you’re nice, they’ll cut you a break sometimes and block your last appointment if you need to leave early one day. 
  2. Don’t be too friendly to the check-in and scheduling people. If they really like you, they’ll send you tons of phone notes and crap to do when others aren’t around to do it, “because you’re so nice and I know you’ll do this little favor for me.” Those little favors add up. Also, in my experience, if they really like you, they tend to slip more walk-ins on your schedule. 
  3. Don’t leave clinic without finishing your notes. Eventually you will probably have to take a few home with you when your patient load is heavier, but don’t get in the habit of taking work home if you don’t have to. 
  4. Have a healthy fear and reverence for your clinic nurse. She or he can be your greatest supporter or your worst adversary depending on how you treat them. Also, realize when they’re overloaded and try not to make things worse for them. starskyandfetch:

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‘”Why do men feel threatened by women?” I asked a male friend of mine. So this male friend of mine, who does by the way exist, conveniently entered into the following dialogue. “I mean,” I said, “men are bigger, most of the time, they can run faster, strangle better, and they have on the average a lot more money and power.” “They’re afraid women will laugh at them,” he said. “Undercut their world view.” Then I asked some women students in a quickie poetry seminar I was giving, “Why do women feel threatened by men?” “They’re afraid of being killed,” they said.’

Margaret Atwood, Writing the Male Character (1982)

That is all I have to say about that.  Fucking Margaret Atwood.  We are so lucky to have her.

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The words flow from my mind like a drizzle of sun on a morning in the hot summer sun.

Wimds of change blow from the south, bringing with the rains of joy to wash away the sadness of a weary lonely soul.