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.
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.
- psychology and medical science