The Days of Free Lecturing Need to End

The definition of work is to provide value for your employer and receive money in return. 

Why, then, is there an expectation that doctors will share their knowledge, expertise and time without compensation?

Who set this precedent that doctors should be expected to present at conferences, grand rounds and other events FOR FREE? No conference pass, no honorarium, no snacks even! 

We’re expected to lecture for grand rounds without even having time during the work day in which to prepare.

Doctors take vacation time to work on lectures for grand rounds.

People: if anyone needs an actual vacation, it’s doctors. (A 2018 survey from Merritt Hawkins, conducted on behalf of The Physicians Foundation, found that 78% of physicians report that they sometimes, often or always experience feelings of burnout.)

We can solve this, and it’s an easy fix. 

Conference organizers: waive the conference fee, pay for travel, and/or offer an honorarium for your doctor presenters. This shows that you respect our time and expertise.

Administrators: at the very least, offer protected time for doctors to prep for grand round lectures.

Physicians: ask for your value. Demand what you’re worth.

Together, we can change what’s acceptable. 

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