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  • In some surveys, over 50% of physicians would not choose medicine again, nor would they

  • recommend the profession to their children. Doctors are becoming increasingly disillusioned

  • with medicine and burnout rates are at epidemic levels. Here's how you can know whether

  • you'll be happy or miserable as a future doctor.

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • There are two types of people in this world: those that love the rush and reward from facing

  • and overcoming a challenge, and those who are easily discouraged, stressed, or bitter

  • of the obstacles that stand in their way.

  • The path to becoming a physician is arduous. It's a marathon, not a sprint, and one riddled

  • with obstacles and challenges along the way. If you find yourself energized or eager to

  • overcome obstacles, you'll be much happier as a physician.

  • There are multiple flavors of challenges along the way. Most obviously, the academic rigors

  • are immense, starting as a pre-med with cutthroat competition, then to medical school with tremendous

  • volumes of information, and finally residency with long hours and increased responsibility.

  • At each stage, there are additional challenges such as the MCAT, USMLE, clinical rotations,

  • away rotations, difficult colleagues, gunners, and more.

  • It's common for aspiring physicians to focus on the light at the end of the tunnelwhat

  • will it be like to be an attending physician? Don't forget that during the prime of your

  • life, for all of your twenties and until your early to mid thirties, you'll be training

  • while your non-physician friends are enjoying a relatively more relaxed and free life.

  • But even as an attending physician, you better enjoy a good challenge. Medicine is a mental

  • puzzle, providing intellectual stimulation and it's best suited to those with an inquisitive

  • mind. If you want to help patients with less intellectual stimulation, another healthcare

  • profession may suit you better. Even in the operating room, as a surgeon, you'll be

  • constantly working with the technical challenge of fine motor control, particularly if you

  • go into something highly meticulous like plastic surgery.

  • If you're able to find pleasure and the silver lining to the expected and unexpected

  • challenges that arise in your life, you'll be much happier as a doctor.

  • For similar reasons, being process-oriented rather than outcome-oriented will serve you

  • well as a future physician. This manifests in two main ways.

  • Have you ever realized that when you're constantly focused on how long it takes until

  • you reach your destination, the trip seems much longer? And when you forget about time,

  • it seems to fly by. Because medical training is a marathon, focusing on the outcome of

  • being a physician, rather than the process, will only make the actual training seem that

  • much longer.

  • Similarly, being too outcome-oriented is detrimental in patient care situations. Despite the marvels

  • of modern medicine, there are often times when we cannot save a patient or the outcome

  • is far from what anyone wants. In certain specialties, such as neurosurgery or oncology,

  • being outcome-oriented can be disastrous, as average outcomes in these fields tend to

  • be poor. There will be many times when you follow every best practice by the book, but

  • still, the results are not what you or the patient wanted. This doesn't necessarily

  • mean you did anything wrong or that you should do it differently next timesometimes

  • there are simply factors outside of your control.

  • By learning to love the process, the details and mishaps in the day to day become less

  • relevant. You'll cherish the opportunities to learn, how challenges and setbacks stimulate

  • growth, and will begin to appreciate the small victories.

  • Most people hear of the large salaries that most physicians pull in and come to the erroneous

  • conclusion that physicians are tremendously wealthy. Truth is, being a doctor is not nearly

  • as lucrative as most people think.

  • In my years of training, I've spoken with dozens of attending physicians about what

  • it means to be an attending, how their expectations compared to reality, and what surprised them

  • most about life as a fully trained doctor. One of the more common themes I see is attending

  • physicians with stress, negative associations, or misalignment of expectations with regards

  • to finances.

  • One plastic surgeon told me that growing up, he came from a financially disadvantaged background.

  • Therefore, making money and having financial security was important to him. He went on

  • to become a plastic surgeon and thought he'd make the big bucks and live a lavish life.

  • After 4 years of college, another 4 years of medical school, followed by 6 years of

  • plastic surgery residency, and then 2 years of fellowship to specialize in aesthetics

  • and microsurgery, he was in his mid 30s. He had no savings, student loans had ballooned

  • with interest, and now he was building a family with his wife and his second child on the

  • way. Upon finishing his training, he was making $400,000 per year, but after taxes, student

  • loan payments, saving for retirement, the mortgage for his new home, and the added expenses

  • of starting and supporting a family of four, he still felt the financial strain he worked

  • so hard to avoid.

  • If you're a broke student watching this, just like I was not too long ago, you may

  • scoff at this and thinkhow can someone making 400k not feel super wealthy!?” Wealth

  • doesn't come from a high income, but rather from having assets. That means money saved

  • or investments, not how much you pull in each year. Training to be a physician means that

  • while wealth accumulation is accelerated after you finish training, the opportunity cost

  • is massive and takes several years to make up for. Did this plastic surgeon eventually

  • end up in a great financial position? Yes, after diligently saving, living below his

  • means, and paying off debt for several years, but now he's in his late 40's.

  • Most physicians lead an upper middle class lifestyle, which is not nearly as lavish as

  • you may think. The type of money doctors make doesn't lead to extravagant homes and cars,

  • but rather comfort and security. You'll make enough to save for retirement, to have

  • a comfortable home, and to hopefully not have to stress about money. But apart from the

  • few outliers, you won't be balling out with a new Pagani every year.

  • Perhaps the most overused cliché amongst pre-meds during their medical school interviews

  • is stating that they want to become a doctor to help others. While stating this as a primary

  • reason to become a doctor would likely prove detrimental to your medical school application,

  • there is some truth there.

  • I despise the self-righteousness and moral high ground that is assumed or taken when

  • people speak about how much pleasure they derive from helping others. Let's put that

  • nonsense aside. This isn't about whether or not you're a good person, or how lucky

  • we are to have you grace us with your presence.

  • If we remove all this morality and judgement from helping others, and even focus on purely

  • selfish motives, it becomes apparent that the pursuit and desire to bring joy and be

  • of service to others actually makes you feel better.

  • The pleasure and joy one derives from helping another is almost universal, but there are

  • people who are not able to tap into this satisfaction in the healthcare setting due to other factors.

  • For example, a strongly cynical outlook, being easily annoyed, or not being a team player

  • are just a few factors that can obstruct you from finding joy here. To thrive as a physician,

  • finding the pleasure in being of service to patients is essential.

  • The year is 2020, and the candy ass climate is reaching new heights. Outrage porn is in,

  • and having an ounce of resilience or not adopting a victim-mentality makes you the outlier.

  • With most things in life, the truth is somewhere in the middle and nuance is key. On one end

  • of the spectrum, burnout is a systemic issue, not an individual one. Medical students and

  • residents don't need more mandatory wellness lectures. Those actually just make the problem

  • worse. What we need is a systemic overhaul of medicine and medical training whereby trainees

  • aren't abused or used as cheap labor.

  • On the other end of the spectrum, personal responsibility and resilience is necessary

  • to not only survive, but thrive as a future doctor. Recently on Reddit, I came across

  • a medical student who was shaken up from an attending commenting that his tie didn't

  • match his shirt. If you're that easily offended, good luck to you in life, let alone in medicine.

  • Pick up Meditations by Marcus Aurelius or watch my video on stoicism for students so

  • you can face the inevitable challenges empowered, not as a victim. Take responsibility for every

  • challenge life throws your way. Responsibility doesn't equate to fault, but responsibility

  • allows you to take action and do something about the challenges you face, rather than

  • just cowering in a corner complaining about them.

  • Is it my fault that family genetics predisposed me to developing Crohn's colitis? Is it

  • my fault that a driver ran a red light and t-boned our car? Obviously not in both instances,

  • but both became my responsibility, and by taking responsibility, I was able to do something

  • about it.

  • If you meet these 5 criteria, congratulations! Chances are you'll be quite happy as a future

  • doctor. Unfortunately, becoming a doctor in the United States is insanely competitive.

  • The overwhelming majority of pre-meds in college give up and change their life path before

  • they even get to the point of applying to medical school. And if you are one of the

  • few that do end up applying, you should know that 60% of applicants fail to get a single

  • medical school acceptance.

  • I know that applying to medical school is confusing and daunting. I was the only person

  • in my family to become a physician, let alone work in healthcare. And I also know how much

  • the process to becoming a doctor can crush you if you don't approach it properly. I

  • created Med School Insiders with the mission to empower a generation of happier, healthier,

  • and more effective future doctors. We've developed a course specifically designed for

  • pre-meds to reduce confusion and increase their effectiveness, called the Pre-med Roadmap

  • to Medical School Acceptance. And if you want to work 1-on-1 with an actual physician who

  • is eager to mentor you to becoming the best doctor you can be, we've got a team of over

  • 60 doctors on standby, ready to assist. It's what we love doing and it's why our customers

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  • to learn more.

  • Out of the 5 factors, how many do you personally resonate with? Let us know with a comment

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