Start out passionate-end up disappointed or worse.
Never in the history of medicine have doctors faced such a ruthless gauntlet of threats, financial debts, and practice restrictions than they do today. These factors, among others just as crucial, don’t begin to tell the story about why 40% of medical doctors readily admit to intense frustration in their practices, in addition to the percentage of doctors quitting medical practice completely.
They’re not retiring. They’re adapting. Extended hours to see more patients to make enough income to stay financially solvent is just one highly stressful necessity causing eventual burnout. Coupled with the recognition that private medical office practice for most doctors is not lucrative enough to reach their original goals and dreams for their careers, reasonable satisfaction with medical practice becomes a moot point.
Profound disappointment increases as they realize it will take them a couple decades to pay off their education debts (avg. $150,000 plus), let alone make enough revenue to support a family and cover office overhead. If you have missed the obvious, doctors the day they graduate, are financially hamstrung right from the start. The roots of this dilemma are found in the medical education program itself.
Discouragement intensifies dramatically when they are faced with malpractice litigation. You know…it’s the penalty for using all their best medical knowledge, skills, and judgments to prevent and to treat illness, yet isn’t enough. The most well trained and experienced doctors are subject to malpractice lawsuits, even when they haven’t done anything wrong in their medical practice treatment of patients.