Why America Is Facing A Shortage Of Doctors

America Is Facing A Shortage Of Doctors, And It's Because How Society Treats Them

The United States severely overwork their residents, who are expected to work 40 to 80 hours a week. This is particularly unacceptable when compared to European residents who work at most 40 hours per week.


You may think, doctors get paid well... really well. Why would we have a shortage if everyone wants to be one?

First, let's break down the "doctors make bank" myth. Physician income varies immensely, depending on the specialty and the region in the United States. A neurosurgeon in Montana is going to make far more than a primary care doctor in New York. This is just basic supply and demand. Then subtract income tax, malpractice insurance, and student debt, and you have a smaller income to live off of. So before you think about pursuing the career for the money, think again.

If you are a pre-med student or know one, then you know how difficult it is to get into medical school in the U.S. The struggle of maintaining a near-perfect GPA during undergraduate school and creating a competitive resume is stressful, not to mention studying for the now eight-hour long MCAT entrance exam. Because medical school is so difficult to get into, the shortage of slots creates insane competitiveness and challenges the security of choosing to go to graduate school.

Medical students are some of the hardest working people I know in my personal life, among many, but they all faced a similar dilemma at some point: do I sacrifice my youth or a stable future? After graduation from medical school, students then work during a period called residency in which they further their experience and prepare to take Step 3, the last board exam. The number of residency positions do not match the number of physicians needed. The United States severely overwork their residents, who are expected to work 40 to 80 hours a week. This is particularly unacceptable when compared to European residents who work at most 40 hours per week.

Our society requires doctors to answer to government mandates, for example, the newly instated EHRs. They have to juggle patients, hierarchy, lack of help, and too many patients. What results is a scary concept of resident physician suicide? Kevin Jubbal, founder of MedSchoolInsiders started a movement called #SaveOurDoctors, promoting better care of those who take care of us.

If we need more doctors, we need to reorganize our healthcare system, and the profession itself. Doctors should not have to sacrifice their lives to save us.

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I Don't Care How Hard Your Major Is, There Is No Excuse Not To Have A Job While In College

If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.


We seem to live in a generation where everyone wants to go to college.

It is nice to see that people want to invest in their education, but at what expense? It's easy to commit to a school, and it is even easier to get yourself and your parents into thousands of dollars of debt because you're "living your best life."

To me, it's pathetic if you're over the age of eighteen and you don't have some sort of income or responsibilities outside of homework and attendance. The old excuse, "I want to focus on school," is no longer valid. You can get all A's while having a job, and that has nothing to do with intelligence, but rather your will to succeed. "I don't have time for a job/internship," translates to, "I'm really lazy,".

You don't need to overextend yourself and work forty hours a week, but you should at least work summers or weekends. Any job is a good job. Whether you babysit, walk dogs, work retail, serve tables or have an internship. You need to do something.

"My major is too hard," is not an excuse either. If you can go out on the weekends, you can work.

The rigor of your major should not determine whether or not you decide to contribute to your education. If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.

Working hard in school does not compensate for having any sense of responsibility.

I understand that not everyone has the same level of time management skills, but if you truly can't work during the school year, you need to be working over the summer and during your breaks. The money you make should not exclusively be for spending; you should be putting it towards books, loans, or housing.

Internships are important too, paid or not.

In my opinion, if you chose not to work for income, you should be working for experience. Your resume includes your degree, but your degree does not include your resume. Experience is important, and internships provide experience. A person working an unpaid internship deserves the same credit as a student working full/part-time.

Though they are not bringing in income for their education, they are gaining experience, and opening up potential opportunities for themselves.

If you go to college just to go to class and do nothing else, then you don't deserve to be there. College is so much more than just turning in assignments, it is a place for mental and academic growth. You need to contribute to your education, whether it is through working for income or working for knowledge or experience.

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To The Professor I Already Know I Owe My Career To

While River Falls suffers a tremendous loss, Appleton wins the freaking lottery.


All I can think to say is thank you. Thank you for being a part of the best year of my life. Thank you for giving me my love for economics. Thank you for being the one who made me fall in love with my education. Thank you for seeing something in me. Thank you for believing in me when I had doubts about myself. Thank you for becoming my advisor and for giving me the honor of being your assistant. Thank you for all the wisdom and all the laughs. Thank you for never letting me hang my head low. Thank you for the constant inspiration and encouragement. Thank you for helping me through one of the hardest years of my life. Thank you for being there every step of the way these last nine months even when every step was filled with uncertainty. I'm not sure who or where I would be without you.

Thank you for teaching me what it looks like to be a good person. You are a remarkable human being and you embody everything a person should be. You walk gently across this earth and you really do have the biggest heart. Thank you for being someone I can look up to, someone who inspires me each and every day.

Thank you for all you have taught me. You have taught me sacrifice and that hard work really does pay off, but to never forget what is really important. You have taught me that life always has a funny way of working itself out eventually. You have taught me that maybe it's not about the ending but rather the story. You have taught me to put my trust in God and believe in my purpose. You have taught me to find what I love and make it my life.

There was a certain pressure that came with being your TA but I was a better student because of it. And even though you'll be miles away, a certain part of me will always carry that with me. I'm going to make you so proud, I promise.

So as this chapter comes to an end, know that I am going to miss our Monday morning meetings, Wednesday coffee runs and being able to come visit you whenever I wanted. You changed my life and I want you to know that I won't forget you and everything you taught me.

Regardless of how much this hurts right now, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. You have given me more than any other professor or teacher ever has and for that I am grateful. Best of luck in Appleton. They're getting a good one.

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