When people think of physicians, they often jump to the prestige of the position and fail to consider the many stressful aspects of being a physician. These are the top 5 stresses physicians handle on a daily basis, according to Castle Connolly Medical Ltd:
- Pressure from families of patients and loved ones. This can be children of ailing, elderly parents or spouses of patients.
- Long hours – usually 12 hours a day on your feet. Time is spent seeing patients, handling EHRs, lab results, prescriptions, and more.
- Difficult patients.
- Decision making – sometimes life changing decisions for patients or making decisions after receiving an overload of information regarding a patient’s background and history.
- Negative Environments – physicians are encouraged to stay positive and calm in all situations with patients. This is not always easy when a patient is ill, upset, or angry.
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