Paperwork, Red Tape, and Pay Cuts are Driving Doctors out of the Medical Field

Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Paul Martin

A sign of needed healthcare reform?

by Julie Fidler
November 4, 2015

An increasing number of doctors are fed up with their careers and looking to take their medical expertise elsewhere. The misery is becoming so widespread that physicians have created a place to come together to talk shop and look for other work: the Drop Out Club.

The online networking platform was the brainchild of 6 former med school classmates who all left the medical field to pursue new careers. One of those former med school students was Rael Mazansky, who established the site to allow the group to stay in touch.

Today, the Drop Out Club has more than 23,000 members in 2012 countries, consisting of everything from doctors to med school students who have already figured out that the doctor thing probably isn’t for them. [1]

The Johnny-come-latelies see what the seasoned pros have had to deal with over the years – even more so in recent years – and have already talked themselves out of the stress and into another line of work.

Doctors who go into the field out of a love of people or science spend less and less time pursuing those passions these days, as paperwork and administrative tasks gobble up more and more of their time. Reimbursements are dwindling, thanks in part to Obamacare, and malpractice lawsuits are always a concern.

“The environment has become very stressful, especially in obstetrics,” Karine Kleinhaus told CNN. Kleinhaus had been a practicing OB/GYN who taught at NYU’s School of Medicine. With the help of the Drop Out Club, she moved on to a job as an account executive with a biotech-focused communications and marketing firm. “It’s not the medicine part of it but things like shrinking reimbursements and legal concerns on top of the long hours.”

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