Practice Medicine the Way You Want

In a recent blog for Kevin MD, a colleague, Michelle Au, MD, excerpts from her new book, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit (and other white lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood.”

The anesthesiologist answers a question often pondered by patients, and lately perhaps, chewed upon by physicians, some disillusioned with the state of healthcare: “Why do people decide to become doctors anyway?”

She notes the time commitment, and it’s a big one: “From the moment you start into medical school to the moment you finish your training, you’re looking at a minimum of seven years—for most people it’s closer to ten—before you’re even close to being considered a ‘real’ doctor.”

Medicine the Way You Want

It’s time lost from fun, friends and family, she says. “These are years after which you will end up in hundreds and thousands of dollars of debt, all for the experience of what amounts to hard time in a well-intentioned Soviet gulag. I repeat: not fun.”

Dr. Au echoes the sentiments of why doctors really do become doctors. “…Almost all of us look forward to what comes after. The day when, we envision, we will be able to practice medicine the way we want. The day when we will be able to decide what and when and how things will be done for our own patients during the day, and yet have enough freedom to have lives outside of the hospital as well.”

Physicians are choosing the SignatureMD model of concierge medicine to take back their careers and their lives. Deciding “when and how things will be done” for your patients is easier when personalized healthcare rules your office.

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