Then It's Time to Get to Work

On this week’s episode of the PNC podcast, I offer 3 reasons to scream “I've Had It!” when you reach the end of your rope.

This is the first in a series of solo episodes addressing one of the most common questions I receive from listeners: “When I'm facing burnout or disillusionment with my medical career, and I'm thinking about pursuing a nonclinical career, where do I start?”

3 reasons to scream I've Had It with clinical medicine

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The Right Solution for You

I want to encourage you to practice medicine if that's what's right for you. So, first I recommend that you ask yourself some questions to determine if moving on from a clinical career is the right solution for you.

  • What inspired you to become a physician? 
  • Has your career in medicine been what you expected?
  • If you were to describe your ideal life and ideal job, does it look anything like what your life looks like now? 

Once you’ve asked these questions, you may have found that the root of the problem is burnout. There are a few things to try before you leave a clinical career behind entirely. 

  • Have you spoken with a mentor or the HR department director about your dissatisfaction, and tried to come up with some kind of workplace solution?
  • Are there simple fixes that you could try, like working in a different department, or moving to a different group or system? 

If you attempted these alternatives and still find that modern-day medical practice is soul-crushing and incompatible with your vision and values, then it is likely time for you to declare, “I'VE HAD IT!”


3 Reasons to Scream “I'VE HAD IT!”

If you find the bureaucracy using excuses about expenses and industry standards to exploit and abuse you, then it's time to make a change. Remember, without physicians, there is no healthcare system. And it will fail if we aren't able to provide high-quality, high-touch care.

Before your “I'VE HAD IT!” moment, you feel as though you're wandering in a dark, endless cave. But once you've committed to change, hope reappears and, somehow, the way out becomes apparent.

So, if you're completely disillusioned and burned out, rather than disappoint your patients, consider these 3 reasons to scream “I've Had It!” Once you finally embrace your “I'VE HAD IT!” moment, you will be ready to get to work on your new career.

  1. You will experience a rush of relief and hope in knowing that your current situation is temporary and can be overcome.
  2. Verbalizing and sharing your goals will help you to realize them.
  3. You will begin the process of “kicking your soul-crushing medical career behind” in favor of a satisfying one.

In the coming weeks, I will continue offering more information on how to begin your journey to a nonclinical career.

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I hope to see you next time on the PNC Podcast.

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The opinions expressed here are mine and my guest’s. While the information provided on the podcast is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, there is no express or implied guarantee that using the methods discussed here will lead to success in your career, life or business. 

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