Few career paths are more noble – more revered – than that of a physician. But the stress of COVID-19, poor engagement, and rising burnout are causing some to wonder why they ever signed up for this. Doctors are in crisis, and a new survey shows that they are prepared to make career decisions that could negatively disrupt our healthcare system.
We went into COVID-19 with a looming physician shortage, one that is even worse in rural areas where 20% of the U.S. population lives, but where only 11% of doctors practice. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) last projected the shortage to be up to 139,000 physicians by 2033, but it is anybody’s guess how much it will grow post-pandemic. Will we ever catch up? Short of major regulatory changes such as increasing residency slots, making medical school more affordable, and revamping licensing requirements, it will be tough at best.
From October through November 2020, Jackson Physician Search surveyed practicing physicians and healthcare administrators to get insight on some of the industry’s toughest challenges: physician retention, engagement, and burnout.
There is promising news. Many future doctors are in the works. The “Fauci effect” has spurred new interest in public health, and in medical school enrollment in particular.
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