A few times a month, I get an email from somebody who either reads this blog or more likely saw my post on Mothers in Medicine called PM&R: The Holy Grail? At the end of the article, I offered my email address if anyone had any questions.
The problem is, I wrote that article three years ago. Since then, I have answered the same five questions about PM&R like 200 times. Also, I have an extra child, and I don't have time to be answering these questions over and over again. I don't want to discourage people from entering my field, so I at least make an effort. But usually I end up postponing answering these emails for so long, that I just end up forgetting about them.
Eventually, I created a PM&R FAQ to avoid having to answer the same questions again and again. These days when I get an email, I mostly just refer people to the FAQ. And that satisfies most people.
Last week, I got an email from a person who read my FAQ and had a follow-up question about where I trained. I don't give out that information, and when I said that, the response was, "If you don't actually like to answer questions I am not sure why you posted 'if anyone has other questions about pmr I would be more than happy to answer them comment here or email me'."
So here's the deal:
1) Three years ago, I was happy to answer questions about PM&R.
2) Now I don't have time and/or interest
3) I don't enjoy being bullied into giving out personal information
4) I am willing to make my FAQ better, so I can just refer 99% of people to it and be done with it
So if you'd like to take a look at my FAQ and think of any other common questions, that would be great. And if you'd like to answer the question, that would be even more great.