What’s in it for Doctors?

What’s in it for doctors? When college students consider becoming a doctor, this option represents a major lifestyle choice. Considering the average physician must complete 11-15 years of college education, spend tens of thousands of dollars on their education through tuition, fees, and other related costs, and face high levels of stress, anxiety, and emotional toll once in the job, becoming a physician is not an easy choice. Currently, physician burnout ranks at a whopping 42%. We must find ways to decrease this number and help people considering this path to be successful, long term. Between the heavy lifting of a doctoral major and the psychological impact of having someone else’s life in your hands, becoming a doctor can be a stress-ridden career path from start to finish. Studies show doctors are retiring at a higher rate than new students are enrolling in the program. My research has proven specific strategies we can implement to not only encourage people to pursue this career choice, but also be supportive throughout their education and into their career to prevent physician burnout.

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  • Becoming a physician costs tens of thousands of dollars, schooling takes 11-15 years, and the mental, physical, and emotional health of a practicing physician greatly suffers. Through my research I have found strategies that can be implemented to encourage individuals to pursue this career choice, despite these drawbacks.

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5 thoughts on “What’s in it for Doctors?”

  1. Very interesting, Alis. I wonder if this sort of approach might be applied to other high cost majors as well. Thank you.

  2. Thank you Dr. Starkey, I believe this approach could be applied to other high cost majors, such as doctorate’s in education or health science and others as well!

  3. Well thought out presentation with lots of thorough research! There is a lot on physicians’ shoulders that makes their job extremely difficult and stressful. It is important that they deal with stress, for it can negatively impact their mental health. I feel like you have a solid plan to help this high-cost major go through school with little to no debt. I enjoyed watching this presentation, thank you.

  4. I like that you’re shedding light on this topic. It’s unfortunate that we place these physical and mental burdens on people who care the most for our health. I think you make a strong argument that we should be doing more to help them out.

    Your plan is very detailed! It sounds like a great idea and a very small portion of a states/tax payers budget.

  5. Thank you Megan! I agree, especially during this pandemic the amount of stress put on not only doctors but other healthcare workers is very high and hopefully they are able to deal with it in a healthy way!

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