For a long, happy career, be more than just a doctor

“You’re a doctor; focus on being a doctor.”

This piece of advice was recently given to me by my own father, in regards to my multiple ambitions outside of the medical field. He himself only recently retired from a long career as a surgeon, so his opinion is the result of years of experience.

His advice got me thinking.

What makes for career longevity in our field? Statistics show that more than half of physicians experience symptoms of burnout at some point, and some studies show that over 50 percent of physicians wouldn’t recommend the profession