What exactly makes up a doctor? It’s more than just diagnoses and performing tests. It’s a combination of countless hours spent studying and training, quick critical thinking, excellent communication, and the priceless reward of making a difference in the world, one patient at a time. With this reward, however, comes the undeniable stress that many doctors experience. With 43% of surgeons and physicians working a 50+ hour work week, dealing with the many ups and downs of medicine, it may come to no surprise that only a little over half of physicians would recommend their children to pursue a similar career and 17% have left their field entirely mid-career. This type of physician burnout can luckily be remedied with locum tenens.
While we cannot readily measure certain things that make up a doctor, such as empathy, compassion, or being a good listener, RN-to-MSN.org has created an infographic detailing the numbers surrounding the life of a doctor, including everything from time and salary to the impact of gender roles and a left brain vs. right brain comparison, creating the full “anatomy of a doctor”.