Can physicians regain self-esteem after losing confidence? 4 notes

Allison Sobczak -   Print  |

Many physicians enter medical school brimming with confidence, but leave with a very low self-esteem, according to an article on Medscape.

Here are four notes:


1. A survey was given to physicians and students to answer the question, “How has medical school impacted your overall self-confidence and/or self-esteem?” Of the respondents, 42 percent reported an increase, 50 percent reported a decrease, and 8 percent noted no change.


2. For many, the overwhelming amount of information a physician needs to know to practice good medicine, or the pressures of dealing with Medicare, insurance companies and hospital or practice administrators undermined their self-esteem.


3. Of those who reported a decrease in self-confidence, their experiences often led to chronic mental health issues, including PTSD.


4. Pamela L. Wible, MD, a host of physician retreats on career reclamation and conductor of the survey, offers these points of advice:


  • Stop institutional abuse;
  • Seek mental healthcare;
  • Build strong relationships;
  • Promote a culture of open communication and respect;
  • Refuse to be a victim.


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