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Doctors and “Power”

Over on SDN today , someone asked “what specialty will give you the most power?” I would have to say NONE. Some doctors project an image as if they are the coming messiah. Don’t be fooled. Trauma attendings can beat their chests all they want and intensivists can gallant through the ICUs but it is all just a charade. Need you ask why? Well, you will be the govt’s bitch, HMO’s will dictate how you practice medicine, administrators and regulating agencies will ride you, malpractice lawyers will be circling above, patients will freely tell you what they want and will sue you at the drop of a hat, allied professionals will continue to needle their way onto your territory, and Sallie Mae will want a piece of you too. Sounds almighty powerful to me! If you are looking to go on a power trip than don’t become a physician. If so you are in for a rather rude awakening. Otherwise you will turn into that surgeon who pitches a fit in the OR like a 2 year old when he doesn’t get his way.

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  1. CeeCee
    December 9, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    This is an attitude I used to hate from my classmates. Many of them (but not all, thankfully) were really concerned about the status they were going to achieve. Where will I live? What car will I drive? I want this and that and that title. They lived their lives studying and wishing that some day it would all pay off financially. Granted, there comes a point where you study so much that you start thinking “This better pay me well!”, but it all seemed so idiotic and shallow to me.

    Frankly, most people don’t give a damn what your title is, and those who do probably aren’t very good company to keep.

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