Medical Burnout

Medicine plays a huge role in today’s society. Why are doctors starting to lose interest? Could it be their lack of knowledge and skill or the way the medical system is set up?

According to research, there have been signs that medical doctors are burning out, losing interest in medicine. What can we do differently to turn this around?

As a young student looking into becoming a pre-med student and in the near future a doctor, there are many things I look forward to. Striving to become a doctor isn’t easy at all; looking to get the right education and even looking for the right area to study. I am a freshman in college, it is my first year attending Florida SouthWestern State College. Here in Naples, there are a lot of old people, and not only that, Naples happens to be a very wealthy community. I believe that looking for the right area to work at and being involved within your community is the first thing you should look into when considering to become a doctor.

Studies have suggested that extended clinical training at rural sites potentially provide transformative learning spaces. Transformative education implies a shift in focus. “Where will you gain the most benefit?” That’s the question you should start asking yourselves now. It has been argued that it is within communities of practice that student learning experiences shape identities in the process of ‘being and becoming’. The encouragement, and participation to expose students in real-life contexts is how you become a huge part of the community.

Fun Fact, nearly half of all medical school graduates are women. This is 30% from over thirty years ago.

Findings showed how students valued the rural space as an enabling and different clinical environment, an how the community immersion influenced their attitudes, specifically with regard to socio-economic realities.

Take a look at this Ted Talks video, “Health Care should be a Team Sport”

As a doctor, you will encounter many mystery’s in medicine. Whether it has to do with drug-resistant TB infections, new flu epidemics like the avian flu, puzzling illnesses like fibromyalgia, or the fact that your patient has an unusual reaction to the medicine you just gave them. We learn as we grow, you just have to look for it, ask the right questions, be open to uncertainty, and above all acknowledge, in these days of evidence-based medicine, how little of our clinical decision making is truly evidence based, and how much we don’t know. Embrace the mystery and uncertainty ahead of you..

Now there’s also myth, what about myth in medicine? There are many myths in medicine, for instance, “becoming a doctor is the way to get rich.” No, the biggest myth is, “If i just work harder I can do it all”, not so. The key to being a good doctor over the long haul, is to find balance between taking care of your patients and taking care of yourself. From what I know now, being and becoming a doctor us difficult. Not only does it take knowledge and skill but as well as taking much of your time from family and friends to living in the moment. Starting off, you already have to take study for a couple of years and that’s just to earn a Master’s, a Bachelor’s and even a Doctorate degree.

“Being a physician is one of the few socially acceptable reasons for abandoning your family.” That is an unfortunate truth, and only you can choose to defy it.

Learn to say no, realize that your time and energy are finite, and that perfect is the enemy of good enough. The coming year will test you mightily in this regard, you have already heard so much, now I am challenging myself as well as you future doctors to take this time and the time ahead of yourselves to chose a lifestyle that fits for you. Choose a creative outlet. This speech that I recently found, Mark Servis, M.D. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, stated in his speech… “So my encouragement to you is don’t buy into the myth. You can’t take care of your patients if you can’t take care of yourself.”