What does it say about our healthcare system that young physicians, many not more than 5 or 7 years out of residency, are experiencing burn-out and disappointment and shame - and dropping out of medicine?
It's one of medicine's dirty little secrets.
One physician with such an experience, Dr. Ryan Flesher, has decided to go public with his journey from idealistic medical school graduate to deeply frustrated and angry ER physician, by baring his soul on camera.
The camera he is talking into is his own, and the creative expression he is involved in is writing, directing and producing a documentary. His saving grace has been his passion for film.
Dr. Flesher's intent is to capture his personal emotional turmoil and the dawning realization that he is not alone in this. His ultimate quest is to generate the understanding by the lay public of what is at stake - their own medical welfare, as seen through the eyes of the physicians they love to envy, at times criticize and, above all, need!
In this week's Podcast, listen to the very articulate Dr. Flesher share his 28-minute story. Hear how his burn-out ignited his other interest, that of film-making, along with his passionate plea for an improved healthcare system that takes care of its own, the doctors, and allows them to do what they are best at - practice medicine!