Physician Career Information : Physician Pros & Cons

Leg front. Yeah. Come on. Take your time.
You really are looking good. In many ways the practice of medicine, I think is one of
the best jobs in the world. It is just so amazingly gratifying to help people. When
they’re really down in the dumps. And they see no light at the end of the tunnel. And
you can come in and watch them heal and get better. I don’t know that there is much better
of a feeling, than that. The worst parts of being a physician have really continued to
get versus the years have progressed. And our medicine in this country has become very,
very bureaucratic. I’m spending probably, seventy five percent of my time now doing
documentation. It’s also often, very hard to get paid for the work that you do. And
there a lot of physicians who are very frustrated with those aspects of medicine. One of the
other things that’s frustrating as a physician, is the inability to make a mistake. If you’re
a physician and you make a mistake. Something significant could happen that would affect
another human being’s life. And that puts a lot of pressure on us, as physicians. It,
we hold ourselves to a much higher standard. I think, than many professions do. Because
of that. It’s why you have to have the intellectual capabilities. And the responsibility, the
dependability. Because, what we’re doing and the decisions that we’re making, is so important.
Medicine is also become very complex. You don’t have to know just a few medicines. There
are thousands of medicines in the market, now. And it’s very difficult to keep track
of all of that. And keep your patients safe, at the same time.


  1. The cons seem very daunting compared to the pros. Just entering university, and am considering this since I am working towards a biology major. The salary is glorious, but the high amounts of stress seems inevitable.

  2. As a premed student I want to be a Family/General practitioner or Pediatricians, but I am afraid of blood and operations. Can I be able to overcome this fear when I start training in the hospital?

  3. You should eventually overcome that fear. Medicine is a passion, if you really into helping people and caring then you are in the right track. Yes it is a comittment: you will sacrifice long hours of your life, vacations, events…etc However you will have self satisfaction.
    In my vision medicine is like no other profession, in the amount of satisfaction you feel when you recognize that you really helped others, or helped in saving people lives.Good luck.

  4. Yes I am, for so many years.I agree to everything you have said ,and that by itself tells me that you have the potential to be a great doctor.

  5. Hmmm… I don't know anymore. That kind of responsibility and risk, not being able to make mistakes, and memorizing thousands of cures is tough business. I can't even keep up in my 101 class with that maniacal professor of mine. I think I'll just go towards being an NP.

  6. Every job has way more cons then pros, that's why we're paid to do it. It's if those few pros spark enough passion in you to overcome the cons that the job becomes bearable. Besides medical school is competitive so I imagine the majority of people getting in have the drive and smarts to deal with these cons.

  7. Second year medical student, so far I feel like it's been so much studying but a lot of fun learning all the drugs, and bugs and pathologies, and the physiology of the body! Sure it's hard and stressful, but you learn how to manage and damn it makes you a strong person. I can only imagine it will get harder as the years progress but I think if you have the passion to care for and help people and love science medicine is where you belong. Don't full yourself nothing worth having comes easy.

  8. Physicians: Here is a patient's perspective. You go to their office, you fill out a bunch of paperwork, wait, pay a co-pay, the physician smoozes you, write you a prescription, and set you up with a follow up appointment so that they can get another co-pay. I'm tired of dealing with self-righteous the office personnel, and lazy doctors who have lost their focus on patient centeric care.

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