If you are a young doctor who had graduated in 1955 from medical school, then you can be sure to avail of many remarkable opportunities and get jobs in nice places with good salaries. One graduate didn’t have it so good. He was among those who may be a medical school graduate but then got into a harsh career market with lower remuneration and high career uncertainty.
While it was once the golden profession, it has now dropped since the dominance of the managed care system has corrupted the once sacrosanct doctor patient relationship as well as given less autonomy to doctors. These days, the graduates from med school find out where they shall have their postgraduate residencies. Matching day can be a day of celebration for those who end up at the hospitals of their choice. This is just a reality check for the dismal opportunities that await those who aren’t as auspicious.
Some surveys reveal that too many physicians and medical schools abound. Suitable jobs in their fields of specialty can barely be found by around 10 percent of specializing doctors according to a study done by the American medical association. A private firm funded study suggests the wholesale closing of many US medical schools due to doctor surplus as well as for these schools to admit 20 to 25 percent less students.
Many jobs including a lot of doctors would soon be eliminated by a medical center in Boston that also teaches for a university. A doctor who also serves as a famous medicine school’s dean states that back then when he just graduated, opportunities were not as scarce as they are now. He recalls that there were plenty of positions for those who wanted to specialize in a field of medicine. In the past several years, many among the students graduating medicine choose to partake in generalist fields which include paediatrics, family practice and internal medicine because they have observed the steady growth these areas have had since the early 1990s.
Anaesthesiology, psychiatry, and diagnostic radiology also known as specialty fields are on the constant downtrend, as discovered by the national resident matching program A concrete illustration is on how the figures of students enrolling in anaesthesiology has figured in a dramatic dive. One senior medical student said he considered anesthesiology until he realized it may be difficult to find work. He notes that there are just too many of them out there. However, one female physician who sits on the board of the American medical association said that the reported surplus of physicians may not be true, particularly in rural parts of the country, like her own town of a few thousand residents where physicians are badly needed by the community.
This lady doctor also notes that they take a huge risk as many of their brightest young students no longer embark into the medical profession thanks of all these things they hear that turns them off even before they really verify if these are true or not. Amid this time of uncertainty, young doctors are optimistic perhaps spurred by TV shows with medical themes, popularity among the masses that also encourage a high level of appreciation toward this field. Despite a lower income and less autonomy, this lady doctor avers that being a doctor is still the best job in the whole world.