Five Signs That You Should Leave Your Physician Job

When do you know it's time to leave your physician job?

Maybe it’s time to consider a new position.

In any industry, it can be hard to know when it’s the right time to move on from your current job. But for physicians it can be especially difficult. You’ve put in a lot of work, time and money to get where you are.

The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for you in today’s landscape.

Knowing you’re in high demand should make it easier to consider a change.

Here are five signs that it’s time for a new physician job:

  1. You don’t have a voice. Are decisions that have a big impact on your work – including new hires, equipment purchases and staffing selections – made without any buy-in from you?
  2. You’re sick a lot. Studies have shown that low job satisfaction can negatively impact health. If you find you’re getting sick more often than your patients, you may be succumbing to stress.
  3. Your patient care is diminished. If you feel like your hands are tied when providing for your patients, it’s time to consider a new practice where your vision is shared with your colleagues.
  4. You’re burned out. You find that you’re constantly being stretched too thin, working too many long hours or lacking adequate vacation time. A study found that employees who take time off are actually more engaged and better performers.
  5. You’re stagnant in your career. Maybe you’d like to take on a leadership role but don’t have the opportunity. Or you’re interested in being more innovative and using cutting-edge technology.

If you found yourself relating to too many of these warning signs, consider that a new opportunity could be the best solution.