A younger generation of physicians is ready to speak out.
They're here to tell you how they feel about facing doubts from patients who think they are just out of high school. They're here to talk about EHRs, having grown up on computers their whole life. They're here to talk about the importance of work-life balance. They're here to be as candid as many of their older colleagues are about the profession of medicine.
Three young doctors who have taken similar, but different paths in their young careers spoke to us for the first ever Physicians Practice Young Doctors' Roundtable. For this exercise, we deemed younger physicians to be 40 years older and below.
Our three doctors are:
Elizabeth Seymour, MD, 34, family medicine, Denton, Texas
Landon Roussel, MD, 32, direct primary care internist, Luther, La.
Brandi Ring, MD, 35, obstetrician/gynecologist, Denver, Co.
The three doctors had so many interesting things to say, we broke this roundtable into two different pieces. Here's part one of the roundtable. Part 2 will be coming out later this week.
You are all in independent practice — something rare for a younger doctor. Merritt Hawkins released a study which found 94 percent of final-year residents prefer employment. What made you decide to go this route?
Elizabeth Seymour: I did not want to work for a hospital. I had an [bad] experience with a medical group that kind of shifted my perspective in wanting to be independent and by myself. A lot of the reason I didn’t want to be in the hospital was the control factor. I wanted to take off when I wanted to take off. I wanted to budget how much I was going to make. I didn't want to be controlled by anybody really. If I wanted to add a test or a service, I didn't want to go through administration and ask: Can we do this?
Landon Roussel: I couldn’t see myself doing medicine any other way….Primary care was the only option for me [to practice medicine] and under the current system, primary care is a widget factory [in hospitals and employed groups]. I feel like that's not making use of my mind. That's not providing value with my time and skills. Being independent was essentially doing medicine for the reason I went into medical school. That was my motivation for being independent [and DPC] and still is. If I weren't independent, I wouldn't be doing medicine.