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Leaving the Bedside: The Search for a Nonclinical Medical Career Paperback – January 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0899708089 ISBN-10: 0899708080 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: American Medical Association; Revised edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899708080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899708089
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Is it so? Can it be true? Do I really want to leave the medical profession? Maybe these feelings will go away? If I ever stopped being a physician, what else could I be? Would I be happy doing something else for a living? How would my family respond to such a change? Who can I talk to about this?

What do I do next?

If you've ever thought about leaving patient care - or felt it was time to find a whole new career outside of medicine - you recognize the doubts, questions, and concerns associated with the idea of not being a doctor.

However, you are not alone. As dramatic changes continue to alter the course of health care, and competitive pressures mount, many physicians question if they've made the right career choice. They wonder if it's possible to just let go and give up years of hard work as a doctor.

There are no easy answers or quick-fix remedies to this dilemma. For many physicians, it can be a real crisis. Some become angry or depressed. Others worry about burning out. They all face a series of emotional ups and downs.

Leaving the Bedside is a guide that can help you make informed career decisions. the publication is divided into three sections that are designed to help you find satisfying, successful work.

Part 1, Considering a Change, helps you assess your personal values and skills.

Part 2, Nonclinical Career Opportunities for Physicians, helps you explore career options.

Part 3, Taking the Next Step, helps you formulate an action plan for finding a new career.

You'll find information, guidance, and direction you need to bring your career into focus in Leaving the Bedside. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A customer on February 19, 2008
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Leaving medicine is probably second only to being sued as a source of loneliness and confusion. This book will assure that you're not crazy for no longer wanting to practice medicine--nor are you stupid, irresponsible, or antisocial. Doctors, as the book explains, leave the bedside for plenty of legitimate reasons. It goes through the psychology behind people's decisions to quit, invites the reader to carefully consider and elucidate his own reasons, and offers suggestions for smoothing the transition. It also offers contact information for helpful organizations. It does emphasize the more common paths of business, the corporate world, or law, and doesn't offer much to those of us pursuing writing or the arts. Still, it's full of wisdom. I wore it dog-eared for a few months.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Conchkiddoc on July 6, 2011
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Actually I was already familiar with this book; I had purchased it from the AMA but my copy sustained
some water damage while in storage. It's now out of print with the AMA. It's a good introduction
for people considering leaving clinical practice, but come on! 350 dollars for a new copy? I
know people want out of medicine, but that sort of price gouging is unfair. I sprung for a used
copy in fair but usable condition. It's probably a must-buy for people considering making a
change, but the markup makes my blood boil!
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anne on September 25, 2005
I thought that this book was very informative and very much needed in the medical profession.
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