We all feel fulfillment from different types of work. There is an overarching perception that doctors help individual patients, and in medical school we are taught how to treat individual patients. However, there truly is so much more to medicine.
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
How many times per week do you get asked, "What are you going to specialize in?" Don't let this question monopolize your thoughts! Take steps now to ensure you are truly happy with your career in medicine.
Residents & Fellows
Ah, residency. Exhaustion and exhilaration rolled into one. You may feel like it takes everything you have to keep your head above water, but don't ignore the resources you have to set you up for future success.
You've put a lot of effort, time, and money to get to where you are. There's no need to wait until the burnout sets in to make adjustments that will improve your your job, your professional activities, and your life outside of medicine.
You probably hear the phrase "physician burnout" an a daily basis. But many professionals in healthcare face challenges similar to those that physicians face. We have resources for you, too.
Looking for something more in your life?
It can be difficult to pinpoint what's missing. Do some soul-searching and see what resonates with you.
Don't settle for less.
For many physicians, settling for less means doing more and more work with dwindling reward. Reclaim your reward.
Moving from a full-time clinician to a role that is primarily administrative was exactly what I needed for my sanity. Looking back, the decision seems like it should have been a no-brainer, but at the time it certainly didn't seem like it!Peter J., MD
There's a lot to consider when you want to deviate from typical 'doctor work.' You don't learn this stuff in medical school. I am grateful to have a community of like-minded medical professionals for insight and ideas.Emily H., MD, MBA
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