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  • Changing Careers: Is the Grass Truly Greener on the Other Side?

    Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul
    Career Paths
    Exploring My Options
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    How to decide if you have a brighter future outside of medicine. In a survey of 1,300 physicians done fairly recently,(1), 63 percent said they wouldn't recommend medicine as a career to their children, explaining that society does not value the immense amount of hard work and intelligence it takes. Because of this feeling of under appreciation, many physicians are thinking about leaving medicine. If you are one of them, we have some advice for you. In our work as scientific career counselors, we're approached by hundreds of physicians each year who say they want to leave medicine. In some cases, their instincts are right on; a career change is the only way to recover the values and use the skills they prize. However, less than half actually leave. The rest are able to find ways ...