A doctor’s practice is his/her livelihood. If a doctor can’t practice medicine, the 9 years of training and $260,000 they spent on medical school goes to waste. Receiving a letter threatening this livelihood is terrifying. Also, doctors are essentially guilty until proven innocent and must spend time and thousands of dollars on proving this when someone, anyone, anywhere can pick up a phone and ask for an investigation.
Medical education and residency is pretty militaristic. You fall in line or you’re out. Trust me, I’ve been there. If you are an “outside the box” thinker, this doesn’t last long in medical school or residency. The egos of your superiors are too threatened. This is an important fact. Doctors have such a preoccupation with being right, they can’t tolerate being wrong. This is of course needed because who wants to go to a doctor known for being wrong all the time? Questioning the status quo is threatening.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Can a doctor question the status quo?
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