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Source: Physicians News Network

No one becomes a doctor by accident. The education and training process is too long and grueling for the faint of heart or for those lacking in commitment to the medical profession. Many doctors describe it as a calling. Practicing medicine is rewarding, but it’s also challenging, and it continues to change, quickly and dramatically in some instances.

Recent trends have indicated:

  • A growing number of U.S. doctors are leaving private practice for hospital employment, and only one in three remained independent by the end of 2016. — Accenture
  • Over the course of their career, doctors will work an average of 59.6 hours per week. —BestMedicalDegrees.com
  • Currently, the average medical student graduate is approximately $180,000 in debt. — MedPage Today
  • If you’re a physician, you’re familiar with these kinds of facts. You also may befamiliar with Z73.0. The ICD-10 lists Z73.0 as burnout, a state of vital exhaustion. At last count, 54% of doctors were reporting signs of burnout.
  • In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Nitin S. Damle, president of the American College of Physicians, says, “I think the joy of medicine is really the relationship with the patients over a long period of time.”
  • An article in Psychiatric Times on physician burnout looks at ways to regain your passion for practice and recommends “defining what matters to you most.”

It has become evident that the business demands of running a private practice are overshadowing the original model of the medical profession — healing patients and keeping our communities healthy.

With all of this in mind, we’re launching our Saving Private Practice campaign. At LACMA, we’re working to effect change for all members in solo and small group practices. We’re introducing a suite of new benefits that can be customized to any practice to help physicians thrive and do what they do best —  take care of patients.

Our goal is your success, and we’re asking for your participation in Saving Private Practice. Share your story around your daily experience as a physician in private practice. Now is the time for all doctors to know they are not alone.

Why did you become a doctor? Tell us your story. We want to hear why you went into medicine. Why did you choose private practice? What are your challenges, struggles, successes? If a colleague has a good story, consider putting us in touch with him or her so we can reach out. Think of it as just one more way you’re doing healing work in the community.

Contact deborah@lacmanet.org to submit a story!


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