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The “MEDICAL” check-up: view from the careers psychologist
- By: Caroline Elton
Patients go to the doctor when they feel unwell or when something is worrying them about their health. In a similar vein, doctors visit me when some aspect of their work isn’t going according to plan. Over the past decade I have counselled many hundreds of doctors who were having difficulties at work. For many of these doctors a change in their shift schedule or taking some time out of training was all they needed to get back on track. Many others came to realise that they were in the wrong branch of medicine and needed to move to another specialty. A small proportion, however, decided that they were in the wrong profession entirely, and left clinical practice.
Recently, I reviewed all my session notes on medical clients who left the profession and analysed reccurring themes. I wanted to provide an answer to the question, “What factors did these doctors