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- November 20th, 2012, 12:34 AM #1
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Can Doctors Have Balanced Lives? Discussion Invited.
Based on the relatively high number of hours worked per week by physicians, on average 60 hours a week ( I was unable to find a strong, recent statistic, but many articles I read cited the average as being around 60 hours/week), as well as being on call, working long hours, the pressures of work, and many other factors, do you think it is possible for most physicians to establish a stable work-life balance?
Being in the medical field can face many people with a strong sense of obligation - which to some extent is a justified and unneglectable one - that drives them with the moral obligation to work the long hours, which in retrospect leaves them less time to spend with their families, taking up hobbies, and having some relaxing down time.
This issue is also very relevant to female doctors, who wish to start a family; being a physician, a mother, a wife, a homemaker, all at once is a very gruelling and difficult task. They may decide to take a few years off to start a family and raise their children properly, after which, if they decide to come back to their career, might be out of practice for many years; this could effect the quality of health care they provide.
Do you think the sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from healing and helping other humans is a fair trade for the pressurizing and often exhausting lifestyle, with a potential for low family time? Is the bank balance enough to compensate for it? Or do you think it is not a huge issue and easily overcome, especially for women.
Thoughts?November 20th, 2012, 02:23 AM #2
I suppose they could, but it would be initially hard. I have a relative who works with doctors and he said that doctors at his workplace are always crying about having too great of a workload, and no set hours. He said that especially doing medicine in pak is hard due to these reasons. However, its possible to have a nice family life as long as you make priorities and make sure to set aside time for your family at home. I have an uncle who has his own medical clinic, and he still spends plenty of time at home . His wife also has her own gynechologist clinic and spends half the day at work, but again sets aside time for her family and 4 sons. . Everything is possible if you work for it.February 10th, 2013, 10:39 PM #3
I found this great book called So You Wanna Be A Doctor online and it was able to cover so many of the concerns med students and residents face. So many tough choices and sacrafices to make. The book was written by several young doctors and residents in various specialties like dermatology, patholgy, dentistry, anesthesia, pediatrics, and a few others. They all taked abut how they balanced their personal life with a hectic work schedule. What I liked about the book is that it was written in plain English which made it easy to read and understand. This book has helped me with my decision making process that I just wanted to share it with others who I thought could use the information also. I found the book on Amazon but the official publishing website for the book is WagnerWolf. There were also helpful videos and all sorts of great information there. I hope this info helps.July 10th, 2013, 08:52 PM #4
Yes create your own private office, with flexible working hours
to gain more revenue, you can always lecture at a university and write articles in newspaper columns, magazine or a website
Nothing is really impossible just make an attemptOctober 1st, 2014, 04:25 PM #5
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You can even start sharing your medical experience with the fellow students who are doing Medicine today or help the candidates preparing for Medical PG entrance examinations. You can also start up your career in any online portals that are actually helping PG aspirants who are preparing for the entrance exams. Entrancebook is one of the online portals that provide content for the Medical and Dental PG aspirants and experts are welcomed by them to help their followers. Try to visit the site and get the needed details over there.
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