Concern over the medical world young doctors are entering

KYW Staff
September 04, 2019 - 3:52 pm
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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — I have been involved in training young doctors in the early years of their careers. 

Internship and residency are years where young doctors have book knowledge but are not yet physicians and doctors who embrace the total care of their patients and have real world experience in care. 

Recently, educators have become increasingly concerned, not about the quality of the people going to medical school, but the medical world they are entering. 

The impact of computers has opened the door to those outside of medicine, such as government and businesses, to develop administrative hoops, forcing young doctors to focus as much on keystrokes as the patient in front of them. 

There is a growing sense of anxiety and frustration and, sadly, disillusion in many. 

The best physicians are sustained by passion and an internal fire fueled by a desire for helping their patients. Extinguish the fire, and the physician becomes just a doctor.