“I started my family late and I have two young adult children who were born with handicaps...At the stage in life when other physicians look at retirement, I work for someone else and moonlight weekends too. I would like to pursue other interests, but it's hard to do so, since I'm the sole wage earner.” - Dr Stephen Zimmer (Family Medicine)
“I do want out. I am even considering multilevel marketing, telemed and anything else I can think of. I am tired of being treated as a commodity that can be bought and sold. I have no intrinsic value to any of my employers but it would be a rough go to try private practice as a GP. The only thing that is stopping me from leaving altogether and starting a new profession is that I am middle aged and have another 10 to 15 years of loans to pay...Anyone got any suggestions?” - Dr David Kyle (General Practice)
“I think even new medical students should think carefully about all the career paths on day one and not just clinical practice.” - Dr Thomas Barrows (Emergency Medicine)
If you’re like most physicians and providers, you’ve probably thought about a career change more than once. Maybe you’re tired of long hours, or feeling unappreciated, or never seeing your family.
Or maybe you’re looking for an area of practice where you can grow, and feel like you’re actually making a difference - without tossing everything to the curb and joining Doctors Without Borders or the French Foreign Legion.
The highest incidence of burnout (according to a 2013 survey) are among physicians in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, anesthesiology, and general surgery, as well as in all major primary care fields except pediatrics.
That doesn’t leave many folks out, does it?
Or maybe you’re looking at a mountain of medical school debt, and assume that the only way to pay it down is to leave clinical care. Not true!
If you’re thinking about a career change, we are innovating a new business model that presents a real alternative.
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Skilled Wound Care is a mobile surgical practice committed to transforming the chronic wound care model in nursing facilities. Wound care experts make weekly bedside visits to patients in long-term care facilities, avoiding transfers to hospitals or clinics. Our expert physicians give patients the most up-to-date and effective wound treatments, and educate facility staff on how to help patients continue to heal quickly and effectively between visits. This model of collaborative care allows SWC’s physicians to improve patients’ lives and health outcomes, to empower nursing staff, and to raise public awareness. Skilled Wound Care, along with its nurse and nursing home partners, is working every day to positively transform traditional nursing home wound care.