Sorry about the long silence; part of the reason is vacation, some of which we spent making concrete plans for my retirement, which is definitely coming, although not tomorrow. That reminds me of a Robert Mankoff cartoon published in the New Yorker.
Believe it or not, even physicians have to sign up for things like Medicare and Social Security–eventually. It’s pretty complicated. And there was this Vanguard Boglehead forum about a medical student who decided to leave medical school in his 2nd year. I could relate to it because I had similar thoughts in my 2nd year, and my perspective on it now that I’m heading for retirement is kind of hard to describe.
On the one hand, I’m looking forward to it. It’s not the hardest job in the world, but to many doctors it certainly feels that way. About half of all physicians are suffering from some degree of burnout.
On the other hand, I got a chance to vote in the recent Iowa Medical Society election of officers. The candidates ranged from junior medical students to seasoned veterans. I’m pretty proud of them. Their personal statements about why they were running were very inspiring. I feel better about retiring when I think of the high caliber people who’ll remain in the thick of things as leaders. What a relief!
However, I had to take care of our Psychiatry Consult-Liaison mascot, Winston, when I got back. He looked a little peaked.