Ridiculous Study of the Week: Burnout

The results are in:

Physicians between the ages of 40 and 54 experience a higher rate of burnout than older or younger doctors, according to a recent survey of more than 15,000 physicians who cited administrative tasks and work hours as key drivers of their stress.

I am all for saying the same thing over and over again to a point but now this is getting ridiculous. This study helps no one. Why? Older docs are not burned out because they don’t give a shit anymore and can see the light to retirement (or death). Younger docs are being brainwashed into believing that all doctors should have an administrator boss and metrics are good things. It’s how they are being indoctrinated and hypnotized into the cult of industrialized medicine. And we let this happen but that’s a story for another day.

The middle-age docs are stuck. They have loans. They don’t know how or are too afraid to get out of their present careers. I get it. That was me. The only thing that saved me was DIRECT PRIMARY CARE. And guess what? I have no administrative tasks or work hour issues anymore. Problem solved.

(BTW, the pic above is from the WSJ article. I do not know if that is from a Doctor’s Lounge or not but it sure seems like it. Ironically, that would be a start in fixing this burnout issue. Bring back the f&cking Doctor’s Lounges and keep it ONLY for MDs and DOs).

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Judith K Harvey says:

    Out hospital has a Provider Lounge, an All Provider Holiday Party, and a Provider Parking Lot.


  2. Kurt says:

    Doug, You are 100% effffing correct. The other thing is this old doc doesn’t see patients in the office anymore in the mornings because I can’t get out of the hospital in time from seeing patients there. Still stuck in the office/hospital/call model even though only 25% of FP’s out there still do hospital work. It’s the quickest way to burnout I know.
    Fortunately, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (ie. retirement) and can’t wait.

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