The old saying, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer," never mind that, keep those preceptors in your pocket. They know what they teach you, see how you catch on and watch you grow and learn. What better way to find out if you make a good fit for each other? This will be the second time a preceptor has come through for me and I am so grateful for that! I ended up taking some time off for my kids and I am ready to go back to work soon, I just have one problem. I have one year of experience in a specialty and nothing else.
Oopsy. I can't go back to my old job because they have filled the position with an MD who is able to deliver babies and take call for surgeries and it seems like a million other skills that I didn't have, she does. I have interviewed for other doctors' offices that I did not know and they wanted tons more experience, some one eager to roller skate from each exam room, and a 90 hour work week. Oh, and my second problem? I have a new baby at home, that I don't want to leave for 90 hours a week.
The good news is that I have kept really good contacts after graduating. I certainly wanted see how my preceptors were doing and if they needed any help at the moment. Sure, I have one year of good experience in a narrow specialty, but my preceptors saw what I was capable of and we already know we get along with each other. I know the pace of the office, and he knows my home situation and is willing to accommodate me. We have already interviewed each other in the past! Here's another saying my dad has always used to warn me, "be careful of the toes you step on today because they might be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow." So glad I never took my clinicals for granted.