Friday, February 20, 2009

Mea Culpa

Did you ever have the experience of having an idea that was vivid and compelling when you saw it in your mind’s eye, only to have it fall flat when you gave it voice? Maybe, when you tried to express yourself, you were tired. Or in a rush. Or not quite as clever as you thought you were. That’s what happened with my last post, Wasted. (Heavy on the 3rd excuse.)

After the post went up, someone emailed me another meeting invitation, with the comment I see you like to have plenty of notice for these invitations! A similar remark about how upset I seemed, received a few days later, along with some of the comments on the blog, made me realize I need to clarify my intentions about that posting.

Friday, February 6, 2009


From: Doe, John SktnHR
Sent: February 3, 2009 6:37 PM
To:   Kishore Visvanathan
Subject: Physician Input for Ambulatory Care

I dread these invitations. This week, I received 4 requests to attend meetings. It’s not that the meetings are terrible; I’d like to go to all of them. The problem is the effort it takes to get to the meetings.

All of the invitations were for meetings within the next 3 weeks. What were these people thinking?  Don’t they know I’m a busy clinician? My schedule is solidly booked at least 6 weeks in advance.  If these people want input from physicians, they need to plan ahead!

Look how much effort it takes to rearrange my schedule to attend a meeting on short notice: