13 Things Your Physician Doesn’t Want You To Know

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They can’t remember everything you’ve ever said. Shocking, right!? But they can’t. Even if it’s very important, there’s a reason why they write it down or chart it. So if you have something important that you think they should remember, remind them anyway!

They’re not super-human. Everyone makes mistakes. Physicians need sleep and food and play-time just like everyone else. They may act super-human, but they get tired just like the rest of us.

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You (probably) aren’t their most important patient. But you are important! And the really good physician’s will make you think that you are the most important patient they take care of.

They don’t want to get called in on their days off. It’s not that they don’t want to be there for your delivery, or see you when you’re in the hospital, it’s just that their kids may stop calling them “mom” or “dad” if they miss one more soccer game.

They’re swimming in student debt. As someone who is basically a professional student, I can tell you that school is not cheap! Most physicians had to beg, borrow, and barter to actually obtain their degree.

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They don’t get enough sleep. If someone has a question about one of their patients, they can get called at any time of the day. It doesn’t matter if they’ve been on-call for 3 straight days. It doesn’t matter if they’re at a birthday party. It doesn’t matter if they were in la-la land, dreaming about a vacation in Bermuda. They are trying to do so many things in a 24-hour period that they go to bed late and wake up very early…every.single.day.

They’re being pulled in a hundred different directions. I could seriously go on and on about this one. I know physicians get pulled a million different directions because I see it every single day! Everyone always needs something from a doctor, whether it’s a signature on an unsigned order, to give them report on a patient, or to get an updated plan of care.

Their family is suffering at home. The family of physicians, even more so than nurses, are suffering at home. A physician’s work is never done. They never get to put their stethoscope down and call it a day. They’ve missed too many family functions to count, and their family is just use to their absence. Sort of.

They probably can’t remember the last time they took a vacation. It’s hard to take a vacation when you’re a physician! They have to clear their clinic schedule, another physician has to cover for them, and if they do manage to take a vacay, they can expect to come home to a pile of backed-up work.

They don’t truly get a day off. Even if they cover all of their bases, and someone else is seeing their patients, if a problem or question arises that can’t be answered by the covering physician, guess what?! They get hunted down.

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They don’t get paid enough. This may surprise you, but most physicians just don’t get paid enough for having to be “on” and ready to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And then there’s malpractice insurance…

It’s a tough job, but I’m glad that some people choose to do it. I’m even happier that person isn’t me!

 

Until my next delivery ❤


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