Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine in Portland:
"The business of medicine."
Learn as much as possible in medical and residency. The foundation is key.
Be flexible in considering different job options.
Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine in Southfield:
"Don't go into primary care!"
Primary care is very rewarding in some respects in that you are a hero to many people every day, literally saving lives on a daily basis. But people do not place any real financial value on your services. If patients have a co-pay of more than $20 per office visit, they complain. They certainly feel that all doctors are overpaid and they have a terrible misconception of the reality of how doctors are paid nowadays.
Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine in Katy:
Be organized, better prepared, finish charts daily.
Listen to the patients.
Follow up on results for patients.