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The Unhappy Physician

Daniel Paull MD explains why he thinks that despite what the public thinks, most physicians are unhappy.

February 20, 2024

A lot of people are surprised to find out that most physicians are miserable. I’m not talking the run of the mill “I don’t really like my job” type. It’s more of the very depressed and unhappy type.

Most medical students start medical training without any of these problems. They truly want to learn and help people get better.

That’s why they took all of those pre-med courses, the MCAT, and battled to get into medical school.

After medical school, there are more years of training. Minimum of about 3 to maximum of around 10 depending on what you want to practice. This also takes its toll as the learning environments are very intense.

 

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By the time a doc comes out of the chute, they have already been grinding for well over a decade.

The idea is that things will get better once they become an attending.

Only they don’t…

 

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Most physicians now have only a choice between large hospital system employment vs large private equity backed group.

Pick your poison.

They are forced to work in high volume models, with extremely high paperwork and administrative burden. Leads to burnout very quick.

The end result is a physician who is burned out, doesn’t want to practice, and regrets going into medicine in the first place.

There are many more docs out there who fit the above criteria who don’t.

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  1. The “Arrival Fallacy” of “I will be happy when…” needs to be de-bunked. Your life IS the journey, and learning to appreciate and find joy in the journey is the key to longevity in medicine.

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