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Physicians: Overrated Career

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Narmerguy, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Narmerguy

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    I was browsing through US News (www.usnews.com) and found a section on the most overrated careers as of 2008. Surprise surprise, one of the three newest additions is a physician. They end each description with a suggestion of a better career. I think it's amusing that their alternative to becoming a physician is to become a Physician Assistant.

    The total list of the 13 careers is:
    Advertising executive
    Architect
    Attorney
    Chef
    Chiropractor
    Clinical psychologist
    Medical scientist
    Nonprofit manager
    Physician
    Police officer
    Real estate agent
    Small-business owner
    Teacher

    For those not looking to follow any links, I'll quote what they say for physicians. I found it seemed to be fairly in line with what's moaned and groaned about on here.

    Something to keep all the hardworking aspiring troops going :thumbup:

    What do you think?
     
  2. taponthecloud

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    "List Compiler" for US News <-- most overrated job of all
     
  3. Narmerguy

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    Haha, there are so many lists on that site. Often I clicked something looking forward to an interesting article and probably some useful information but instead found several bundles of lists to about 40 other articles. Talk about deflating.
     
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    Most overrated source => US News and World Report
     
  5. brianmartin

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    Sorry to hijack but this statement is complete BS. The 50 million uninsured already receive medical care - it's just being subsidized by the rest of us. And they cost more because they don't have access to good preventive care. To say that a "democrat" being elected would result in lower physician pay and increased workload is a reflexive statement uttered by people with no real knowledge of politics or how the health system works.
     
  6. ACSurgeon

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    Going to the ER for a cold doesn't count as receiving medical care. Not seeing a doctor when you really need one for a while doesn't count either.
     
  7. Lokhtar

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    Going to the ER when you have a cold costs a lot more than going to the PCP would.
     
  8. Law2Doc

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    I actually think every word under "The Reality" section is fairly accurate, except perhaps suggesting that the Democratic healthcare plans are going to be any worse for physicians than the Republican one will. In both cases workloads will go up even as cost-cutting measures and insurance company strangleholds drive salaries down. Doctors are an easy target for blame because joe public thinks they are paid too much, and as mentioned in the article, fewer folks hold them up on a pedestal these days. Anyone in a white coat will do.
     
  9. AmoryBlaine

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    Until ...

    1. That massive subdural with a midline shift comes rolling in.
    2. Your 2 week old child is febrile and seizing.
    3. We have a REALLY bad flu pandemic (avian vs. other).
     
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    It's funny that they recommend PA. "the salary for physicians will go down, so just be their assistants"
     
  11. Law2Doc

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    No, you miss my point. I'm not saying it's a good idea. I'm saying that joe public would just as soon have an NP do his craniotomy at half price, as a licensed physician. Ignorance is bliss.
     
  12. AmoryBlaine

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    I know man, I wasn't disagreeing with you. Just pointing out the idiocy of not caring who's taking care of you.
     
  13. phonyreal98

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    I like the alternative career suggestion for medical scientist.
     
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    I think it's great! Hopefully, a few pre-meds will get discouraged so less competition for the rest of us.
     
  15. Narmerguy

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    Actually, I think it's funny because it seems that the prestige still motivates many premeds despite the fact that it declines. I actually think that's part of the problem because as Law2Doc was saying, the general public still think that a Physician is a cushy job where everything's made simple for you and that very misconception is what drives others (or drives mommy and daddy to drive their children) to the field.

    Haha I thought the same thing when I read that one. I think that's a horrible alternative to actually researching and getting your hands dirty in the field--no offense to librarians.
     
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    It is overrated, but I cant imagine doing much else
     
  17. Calf

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    Yeah LOL wtf. Who in their right mind is going to become a librarian instead of a scientist if science is what they love? Who the hell wrote this ****?
     

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