For example, when doctors sign up to work for the Man, they stick with the man. In January 2018, 70% of workers between the ages of 22 and 37, commonly known as the millennial generation, had worked for their current employer for 13 months or more, according to an analysis of federal data by the Pew Research Center. By comparison, that number was 69% for workers who were in the same age group in 2002 and are known as Generation X.
Consider the formative experiences of adults 30 and younger. It will give you a better understanding of the doctor persona 2025.
They are also in the caregiver sandwich generation. A large, national survey conducted by the CDC in 44 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico finds that more than 20% of Americans are unpaid caregivers. Here's more:
Millennials in medicine are now between their third or fourth year of medical school (about 24 years old) or their 9 or 10th year of practice (about 39 or 40 years old), assuming they decided to do a residency at all. However, as the economy has changed along with most generational attitudes, many medical millennial mindsets are different. They are pursuing side gigs, creating sidekicks and getting side tracked from clinical careers. They are the young and restless compared to the desperados and the old and grumpy docs.
Also, FIRE (financial independence, early retirement) has caught on fire. According to the 2016 U.S. Census, 30 percent of physicians are 60 or older, up from 26 percent in 2010 and, while many elect to retire at the traditional time, more and more older Americans, including doctors, are electing to continuing working, albeit with some changes, as long as they are healthy and happy enough to do so.
For the past few years, the media has been highlighting what many of us have been seeing-medical students and residents are dropping out of clinical medicine to pursue non-clinical careers. How many is unclear.To many, particularly the medical education establishment, this is disturbing. To others, it is exciting. To most with craniorectal inversion syndrome, it is a passing fad that is but a small blip on the screen that can be ignored.
The drivers of the phenomenon are many:
The solutions, I believe, are basically three-fold- 1)re-engineer clinical medicine to make it more attractive to practice, 2) offer non-clinical career tracks to those who want to add value through the deployment of innovation in ways other than seeing patients face to face for their entire professional career, and 3) enable medical practitioners an easier pathway to supplement clinical medicine with side gigs.
Here is how to find your spot in the medical side gig economy. But, what do you need to learn? For a start:
You might already be lonely, burned out and depressed. One solution is to take control, find another path and restore the joy of medicine by doing things other than taking care of 20 patients a day for the rest of, what is likely to be, an abbreviated clinical career until you've paid off your debts and find financial freedom to retire early.
Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org. He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at www.bridgehealth.com and www.cliexa.com and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at www.globalminded.org, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.