Is Being A Physician A Vocation Or A Job?

Paddy Barrett, MD shares his insights on viewing your career as a job vs. vocation.

A physician speaker recently claimed that the reason he wasn’t burned out was because he looked at being a physician as a job rather than a vocation. It’s true: being a physician can often feel like a job. Perceptions do count, especially when they’re our own. Believing that being a physician is a job or a vocation is your call and yours alone to make. However, when we start to dislike our job, that’s not so bad. It’s just a job, right?

But what happens when we start to dislike our vocation? The personal costs can often be more severe. So what is being a physician to you? A job, or a vocation? There’s not a right or wrong answer here, but each has its own potential relationship to burnout, and understanding why is key. Learn more in the following video tip.

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