Doctors Going Over to the Dark Side

Over the years, I’ve watched primary care doctors leave their practices and become hospital administrators.  The reasons are obvious:  The paycheck and benefits are way better than being in clinical practice.

Do these practitioners-turned-administrators bring any benefits to the hospital? More than anything, the benefit is those of us in regular practice still remember they were once doctors and we give them more respect than we give the usual administrator.

Is this increased respect warranted?  I don’t know. It feels like these doctors go into their new fields with the intention of “being different and better” at running the hospital.  

Soon, however,  they just follow the party line.

Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems. 

  1 comment for “Doctors Going Over to the Dark Side

  1. Aaron M. Levine
    August 7, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    In the 1960s, there was a doctor shortage. the solution was to take doctors out of administration and teach them to be clinicians again. There were even abbreviated residencies.

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