Why doctors should be allowed to pursue side projects

Why are side projects such a taboo topic in medicine? Dr Jerome Goldstein asks the question.


I know somebody. She makes soap. She is also a doctor. Soap-making is her side project to keep her sane. But please don’t tell anyone.

Medicine is a black market in side projects. Everyone is doing something on the side but nobody will admit to it. At least not until they finish their specialist training.

Apparently, pursuing non-medical interests as a junior doctor or specialist trainee can be construed as a betrayal of the profession.

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