Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying yourselves. I do want to remind you of what this day is about. Here is a simple synopsis:

The idea is to recognize and honor the American labor movement and the ways in which American workers have contributed to the country’s success over the years. This holiday was born in response to a series of workers’ strikers in the late 19th century, as workers protested against unfair working conditions.

You, as a primary care physician, deserve this. You have sacrificed your youth to get to where you are and have contributed so much to the country’s success. Hell, you have saved lives!

Now, let’s dig deeper into the quote above. This holiday was born in response to a series of worker strikes as workers protested against unfair working conditions. Sound familiar?

There are no unions for doctors. Direct Primary Care is an example of striking with our feet by walking out on a system that is broken and unfair. Now the working conditions where you practice are your own and with your own rules. And you are happy again.

Cheers to all you DPC Docs who made this move! For those on the fence please JUMP. You can look at some reading here to find how to do it.

Now go drink your Margarita or take a dip in the pool or drain that cyst or sew up that arm or whatever you need to do on this holiday. You deserve this happiness.

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By Doug Farrago

Douglas Farrago MD is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website Authenticmedicine.com and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

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