Primary care doctors in the United States feel overworked and nearly half plan to either cut back on how many patients they see or quit medicine entirely, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
And 60 percent of 12,000 general practice physicians found they would not recommend medicine as a career.
Well, well. Nobody said medicine’s gonna be easy. Doctoring is a tough job. It expects full concentration, commitment, perfection etc. In Malaysia, although the doctors have drastic increase of salary after housemanship, the question is the lifestyle, as said by one of the doctors:
The whole thing has spun out of control. I plan to retire early even though I still love seeing patients. The process has just become too burdensome
Although Malaysian doctors are receiving quite a decent salary, but still the question is lifestyle. An MO in the third year of his/her medical practice might receive RM 6000 (plus allowances). Other lines of careers might get the very same number figure for less stress and less working hours. Money is not everything.
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So, now it’s time to think about something else, such as Non-Clinical Pathways for Medical Graduates. Med school teachers for the premed subjects (anatomy, histology, physiology, pharmacology, pathology etc) are good options in the academic line. For those who want to venture into business, can think of medical advisers to insurance or pharmaceutical companies.
For those who are still interested in clinical pathways, perhaps general practice, family medicine, psychiatry, ophthalmology, ENT, anesthesia, radiology and dermatology might give better lifestyles and more income.
And not to forget becoming the popular politicians (if you are ever interested). Our beloved Mahathir and Wan Azizah (ophthalmologist) are good examples.
I heard that a psychiatrist in Malaysian makes RM 1 mil annually by opening a clinic. Plus, mental health is a very good market nowadays. Maybe I wanna be psychiatrist 🙂
Studying in med school is not just to churn out some chaps to save lives. If it does, then in the next few years, there will be overcrowding of doctors in Malaysia already (2000++ graduate from med school each year). So, non-clinical pathways are not bad choice at all.
But of course you have to undergo the HOMO phase first before one gets to specialize or go to the other fields.