Recently, KevinMD reposted my post about the reasons why I have chosen to work part time as a physician, even though some people think doctors who work part time are doing damage to the health care system in that we contribute to the physician shortage. Mostly, there were a lot of really supportive comments. This was not one of them:
18-40 million new patients coming into a health care system and many of today's medical physicians what to be PT mommies & daddies?
I'm sorry, I don't tolerate that!
Doctors knew that this is NOT an easy job when they were in college. So I guess you knew that if you have children, its only going to slow you down. In today's economy and how health care is changing so quickly, your career has to come FIRST! Especially in this profession.
So yes, you should think that your ruining medicine! Because when your children are sick and stay home, you stay home as well. BUT if we want our doctors and us patients are sick........WELL?!....I WANT YOU!!! THE DOCTOR!!!
Now of course others will disagree. But this is my opinion. That's all I have to say!
I think it's sad that there are patients who actually think this way.
So you don't have to go through all the 100+ comments, I'll copy and paste a few other choice nuggets:
It is great that you know who you are and what makes u tick. However, it is true that your med school spot could have been utilized by a "full time" md. Primary care does lend itself to part time work. As a surgeon, that is not feasible. My surgical partners count on me pulling my fair share of call, sports coverage, lecturing etc. maybe u should have considered your constitution before entering med school. Physician assistant or nurse practioner lifestyle may have suited u better. I'm an ortho surgeon, a man, and work about 60 hrs per week. I have been at it for 10 years, I make time for my kids, see all their games, and am home for dinner 95% of the time. It's all about time management and setting up a good support network.
I know many excellent, caring, male and female, physicians who have not only taken care of countless patients, but have advanced medicine and changed the way that we treat disease. These people work 80 hours a week, and love the work that they do. You choose to demonize them, saying that because they are not "well balanced" they are not able to "contribute to society". Guess what? You are not more well balanced than them. They just handle stress better than you do.