Only 54% of doctors say they would choose a career in medicine again...

jayparkinsonmd:

Just 11% say they consider themselves “rich” — and 45% agree that “my income probably qualifies me as rich, but I have so many debts and expenses that I don’t feel rich.”

And a pediatric oncologist made an excellent comment:

With regard to the compensation bit, it is important to recognize that the student loan burden is enormous. Not only are you carrying over the loans from college, but your loans from medical school, and all of these tend to be held in limbo (“forbearance”) where they continue to earn interest that is capitalized/principalized, because during residency and fellowship (3-6 years beyond medical school graduation for medical specialists and 5-9 years beyond medical school graduation for surgical specialists) you’re making only $50K or $60K a year for your 80 hours a week work.

But I think one of the hardest bits is that during your school and training there’s never enough money to set aside, and certainly no 401(k) or pension, for retirement savings. So many of us start our “financial adulthood” in our 30s or even early 40s with a huge hole to fill - the need to save for retirement, to pay off the student loans, and at the same time, the need to start living like an adult (kids, house, non-disposable furniture, reliable transportation). And you start to get tired. When you’re 20-something or even in your early 30s, you can do the up-all-night/up-all-day thing, but when you’re in your early or mid 40s, it just gets really hard.

When you’re 20-something or even in your early 30s, you can do the up-all-night/up-all-day thing, but when you’re in your early or mid 40s, it just gets really hard.


Crap, I knew it. They’re not made of steel! They have other people that do the tough thing. They are in “the beautiful part”.

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  • Reblogged from: medicalschool
  • Originally posted by: jayparkinsonmd
  • Posted: 2 years ago on Monday 30 April 12
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      It really is tough. The only way to stay in is to be unable to see yourself as anything else. Then it’s rewarding no...
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      And this is exactly why I chose my career over a career as a Medical Doctor (MD)
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      Don’t wanna do this with my life. So I’m not :)
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      For all my physician friends…it’s...hard knock life…..
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      And then of course, since America is an unbelievably litigious culture, they can get sued, through no fault of their own...
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      doctor life’s hard as rock so doctor should keep rocking til the end ! shed some spirits live-saver !
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