Oddly enough, the survey findings fly in the face of what some hospital officials are reporting about young physicians. Indeed, many physicians and hospital leaders I've spoken to are optimistic about the attitudes of young physicians.
For one thing, in hospitals, many are likely candidates for multidisciplinary approaches, more suitable for team-based care that is being promulgated throughout healthcare. And many of these physicians may have less of an inclination toward burnout in their work habits, in part, because they don't want to work all those crazy hours they observed their older compatriots working. It's important to the younger doctors to have "a life."
Valenti, the Texas physician, says he understands why many of the young physicians are disgruntled, as he is, and he's surprised there aren't more. But Valenti, who volunteers for the Physician Foundation, and his colleagues aren't giving up their practice without a fight.
Recently, the practice opened its doors earlier and kept open the lunch hour to serve more patients. "To keep our practice alive, we varied our hours to accommodate patients more, [that's] one of the things we are doing to stay afloat as a private practice," Valenti says.