In my other blog (http://www.nonclinicaljobs.com), I write exclusively about non-clinical career opportunities for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Recently, I have noticed a significant increase in traffic to http://www.nonclinicaljobs.com directed from Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. People are typing "non clinical physician jobs" into search engines and they are ending up on my site. This trend makes me wonder: are more physicians searching for non-clinical jobs these days? Are all these debates and discussions regarding health care reform causing physicians to re-consider their "calling" into medicine? Perhaps they wish to stay connected with the science of medicine but maybe they wish to get out of direct patient care. Maybe physicians are exploring their options and developing contingency plans. After all, they may not wish to practice medicine in the setting of reformed health care (although some are reforming their own practice by converting to concierge medicine - which is also often called boutique medicine).
Our nation already faces a shortage of physicians (some may argue this point), but there's no doubt that certain areas of this country have a significant lack of healthcare providers. What will happen if more physicians decide to leave clinical medicine to pursue non-clinical careers?