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Whether to avoid burnout or gain new skills, more doctors are opting for temporary staff jobs

Doctor burnout is at an all-time high, and many parts of the country are experiencing provider shortages. Is locum tenens—filling a temporary position in a health care setting—the answer to both problems? Doctors who work locum tenens jobs report increased flexibility, freedom over their schedules, and exposure to new techniques and perspectives that help them grow as clinicians, balance work and life, and rekindle their love of medicine. Is locum tenens right for you?Read More

There’s no clear-cut answer, but here are the main pros and cons to each career path

Health care experts have been predicting the end of independent practices for years now. And their numbers have continued to drop—a report from the American Medical Association showed that the percentage of doctors with an ownership stake in their practice declined to 47 percent in 2016. This is down from 53 percent in 2012, reported Medical Economics, which named “Remaining independent in a time of value-based care initiatives” as one of the top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2018. Read More

Doctors are leaving practices, due to dissatisfaction or a desire to make more of an impact

More doctors are choosing careers that don’t involve directly caring for patients. Are they driven by dissatisfaction with practicing medicine in 2018? Or are these doctors motivated by a desire to make a bigger difference, through technology and innovations? We dug into the data to find out what’s behind this trend toward choosing non-clinical jobs, as well as the wide variety of these positions that are available to doctors seeking a change.Read More

High rates of suicide in medicine call for awareness and action

Last December, the world was shocked when a young surgeon in Texas shot and killed his two young children and then himself. His family acknowledged in a painfully honest obituary that after years of battling anxiety, severe depression, and addiction, Christopher Chad Dawson did “the unimaginable.” His widow also wrote, “He fought to get out of the deep, deep hole he was in but was afraid of the repercussion on his career if he were to get professional help.”Read More

As burnout rates and doctor shortages rise, work-life balance issues affect everyone in medicine

We would not praise our patients for working long hours, sacrificing sleep, and prioritizing everything else over their own health. Yet that’s exactly what many doctors are doing—especially doctors who are also mothers.Read More

The benefits to mentors, mentees, and medicine overall are clear and measurable

“Mentorship is the key ingredient for success in medicine,” wrote medical student Jackie Olive on KevinMD.com. Proponents of mentoring say that’s true not only for medical students and residents, but also for doctors at any stage of their careers. “I believe all physicians can benefit from having a mentor. Even mentors need mentors,” wrote Brian Harmych, M.D., on PhysiciansPractice.com.Read More