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Sorry, there IS another question. For some potential employers I need to list another reference from that practice. Since there were no more physicians, it would be a physician assistant who works there. In our brief communication since the incident he has been extremely kind to me, as he really had been before when we worked together where we were leaning on each other through the endless crises that I mentioned. Certainly, our relationship was MUCH closer than with the other physician. That said, with a family to support, he may feel forced to cave in if asked to be not so kind, especially if the new practice will be sufficiently close to pose a threat that my former patients will seek to transfer their care there. Unlike the other physician, he is NOT in a management position. Is he, therefore, able to convey that my oversleeping was the actual reason for termination? SHOULD I THEREFORE FEAR HIM MORE THAN THE PHYSICIAN AS MY REFERENCE? Given the obvious potential for internal disagreement with the other physician, it would not be all that hard to understand why the PA is my listed as a reference from the practice if only one is enough. It may not seem like such a big deal in other jobs, but a physician who cannot be found for two hours IS a serious problem, even if it has happened only on an occasion.
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