Doctor, Am I Jaded?

There are some days I grumble about my work and daydream about early retirement. However, I’m too young to retire and too old to repent.  Unfortunately, one of the residents noticed it and remarked that I’m “jaded.”

I guess I deserved that.

So it didn’t surprise me to see an article in a recent issue of Clinical Psychiatry News which summarized a survey done by a physician recruiting firm and which found that 59% of physicians would not encourage a young person to become a doctor, Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be doctors  : Clinical Psychiatry News.

On the other hand, I encouraged a medical student blogger to persevere just the other day, Mental Health: Basic Definitions | Let’s Talk Mental.

So maybe I’m not jaded?

The survey itself focused mainly on primary care physicians, http://www.jacksonhealthcare.com/media/193525/jc-2013physiciantrends-void_ebk0513.pdf.

Toward the end of the survey, the most common reasons doctors gave for leaving medicine were:

“The top three reasons cited for leaving medicine in 2013:

• Burned out (60 percent)

• Don’t want to practice in era of healthcare reform (58 percent)

• Economic factors such as malpractice insurance, overhead, EMR, etc. (50 percent)

Cumulative physician attrition, weighted for age, did not change between 2012 and 2013. Eighteen percent plan to retire or leave medicine within the next five years. Thirty-six percent plan to retire or leave medicine within the next ten years.”

And I was amazed that Maintenance of Certification (MOC) wasn’t mentioned even once!

I still get excited about some of the things going on in our department. One example is the Clinical Excellence Committee that is gaining some traction.

How did a geezer like me ever get appointed to that?

The upcoming agenda is to create a “culture of excellence” for our residents, which could include recognizing them when they go above and beyond in patient care and scholarship–which is quite often. The idea is to “create a spirit of striving to perform with stellar quality”, which could be a transformative experience.

It may not be too late for me after all.

“…And we must build a culture of humanistic clinical excellence.”—Jamos the Elder

“…And we must build a culture of humanistic clinical excellence.”—Jamos the Elder

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