Doctors: Should We Stay or Should We Go? (Video)

Dana Corriel, MD, explores the topic of staying in a system because you owe it to society or leaving it because you owe it to yourself.

It’s an ongoing discussion in the field of healthcare – should physicians stay within a system many deem is broken, or is it OK for them to leave?

As burnout rates continue to rise, we’re seeing both efforts to make changes from within, as well as increased attrition from our field.

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From the video:

Quitting can be greener.

It doesn’t serve our community well when we quit, no, but at what point does a broken system change, unless it is forced to?

These are difficult and real questions to ask of ourselves, if we are the cogs in our current healthcare model.

I personally left. But I absolutely do not consider myself a quitter. What concerns me most about our field is that we are deemed quitters if we pivot because something doesn’t work.

It is typical abuse behavior. Blame the victim because they “weren’t tough enough”.

Who gets to decide whether you’re tough enough or whether the system was too tough on YOU?

In the world of tech, digital innovation, and entrepreneurship, one changes tactics, or starts something new altogether, when they realize that something is broken, or doesn’t work. It is lauded there. It is what leads to success.

In our field, to pivot is to quit. It translates into the abandonment of those we “owe” our time to.

My issue with this: when did we surrender ourselves – our happiness – to our careers?
And at ALL cost?


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