Emergency medicine departments across the country continue to experience increasing volumes of patients. This could be rooted in the fact that there’s an ongoing physician shortage, nationwide. Since many patients find it difficult to get an appointment with an office-based doctor, they turn, instead to emergency rooms to seek medical care. After all, emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, even to those who don’t have urgent medical needs.
A career in the medical field will take up every minute of your time, use up all your energy and patience, and affect your relationships.
Physician burnout is a rising national problem.
A ton of patient information exchanges hands daily: patient to doctor, doctor to patient, doctor to doctor, doctor to hospital, and so on. Much of this exchange is now by text messaging, as many doctors find it faster and more efficient than emails and phone calls. Unfortunately, doctors are often completely unaware of the legal pitfalls involved in text messaging and how to avoid them.
It's been called the "silent shortage." There are simply far too few psychiatrists and way too many Americans suffering from mental health issues. Drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, and suicidal adolescents are only the tip of the iceberg. Lack of timely and appropriate access to psychiatrists leaves others to struggle with life-draining episodes of depression and anxiety.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the healthcare industry may face a shortage of primary care doctors by the year 2030, and of nurses by 2022.