Doctors Feel Trapped, But They Can Say No

Daniel Paull MD explains why the power to say no is so important to physicians.

Many physicians would not recommend becoming a physician to their children.

It’s a lot of hard work for a very long time before you are even able to practice on your own. Once a physician comes out of the pipe, there is often a realization that the reality of practice is much different than they though it would be when they made the decision to become a doctor.

This is especially true if they made that decision as a child.

Facing this unexpected harsh reality, many physicians soon find that they are trapped in the profession. They have spent the last 10 or so years on the path to becoming a physician and have a significant amount of debt. Couple this with buying a large house + fancy cars + other unfettered expenses, and a non-compete and you have a recipe for disaster.


Many physicians feel trapped in the profession. They have spent the last 10 or so years on the path to becoming a physician and have a significant amount of debt. Click To Tweet


You have a very stuck physician, which is why the systems as they exist can take advantage of them so easily. The power of autonomy lies in the power to say no. If you have to say yes to everything, then you have no autonomy.

The power to say no is not as hard to get as one may think. You just need to start saying it, and accept the consequences. Even if that means leaving hospital systems and insurance companies. They will never let you say no.


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