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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10 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.

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. Thank you Keith! I tried to be as detailed as possible with the amount of time given, so I’m glad it is seen by you that way! Also, trying to keep it at a feasible amount was my goal because I didn’t want it to be taking away from other state funded programs.

  4. I am currently working at a hospital and during its pandemic the workload and stress has been exponentially higher than usual. Working where I do, I can see the stress and anxiety among the doctors and those training to reflect your numbers. Doctors are very important and I think we all can see that now more than ever. While I agree that the debt of medical students is very high, it is very important, but I’m not sure that the opportunity you are presenting is realistic for the students. Medical students have one of the heaviest workloads in their college work. They already have to do a residency and most due part-time work not on for money but for experience during their college years. Adding another 100 hours over the year with community service just might not be possible for them.

  5. As someone who began college on a pre-med tract and is questioning whether to continue on to medical school, I found your presentation to be very interesting. Easing the financial burden would surely have a great impact on our future doctors. Your approach is well thought out. It would be great to see something like this implemented!

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