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A Piece of My Mind
June 24, 2009

“Minutes From Fishing and the Opera”

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2009;301(24):2533-2534. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.805

Almost every day in the office, I receive advertisements from medical employment agencies, offering “incredible starting salaries,” “beautiful semirural settings only steps away from a major university town,” “excellent professional sports teams,” and, my personal favorite, “only minutes from fishing and the opera.” Although the benefits they offer are certainly enticing (“good-bye to snow shovels,” “no ED call,” “work day that can end at 4:30”), I can only believe that perhaps the grass is not greener on the other side. I suspect that most of these idyllic positions are subject to the same difficulties and realities that we physicians all face in our current situations. Instead, I find reading these ads makes me look critically at my current job situation, and I often ask myself, How did I get here? What would my own job's realistic description look like?

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