By the end of this year, its estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not newa few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupationthe level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise.
Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physiciansand both physicians and patients are the losers.
Not surprisingly, many doctors want out. Medical students opt for high-paying specialties so they can retire as quickly as possible. Physician MBA programsthat promise doctors a way into managementare flourishing. The website known as the Drop-Out-Clubwhich hooks doctors up with jobs at hedge funds and venture capital firmshas a solid following. In fact, physicians are so bummed out that 9 out of 10 doctors would discourage anyone from entering the profession.