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*Why Become A Doctor?*

15 Responses

By Vineet Arora, MD

Recently, I was having a discussion with a colleague about being a doctor.
She confided in me that if someone asked her about becoming a doctor, she
would tell him or her to become a nurse practitioner.   After reading the
emotional open letter to our policymakers in Washington DC, it may sound
like a reasonable suggestion.  After all, why go into this much debt and
spend so much time in training if your prospects are not much better?   
More recently, the New York Times article points out job prospects for
radiology trainees are thinning, meaning the well known “ROAD”
(Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, and Dermatology) to success may
soon become a road to nowhere if there are no jobs.

There in lies the question, why become a doctor? If the answer is to make
money or to have an easy life, then you probably need to look for a new
profession.   With healthcare payment reform, doctors can expect lower
salaries as bundled payment and


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