Yes, there are a lot of negatives associated with practicing medicine these days. But that holds true for just about every occupation. Times are hard. Everybody is hurting. Relatively speaking, physicians hold a privileged status in this country, which is reflected in their high compensation and the high esteem in which they are held by their communities.
Frankly, it's selfish and unseemly to complain about your career choices in a field that provides six-figure compensation for new hires, while millions of your fellow citizens -- through no fault of their own -- don't have a career.
Thankfully the Merritt Hawkins survey reminds us that 72% of new physicians -- such as Katie Imborek – are satisfied with the choice they made.
"I know that I am supposed to be doing this, which is exactly what I want to do with my life," she says. "I love the relationships I have with my patients and colleagues and I feel so very privileged and humbled by the experiences I get to share with families in times of great need. I do feel like I am lucky that I will be getting to make more money than I ever would have imagined doing a job that I love."