Real World Medicine

What Your Attending Didn’t Tell You
And Your Professor Didn’t Know

The process of becoming a physician is extremely challenging. After undergraduate school, it takes a minimum of seven years to get through medical school, internships, residencies, and fellowships, which are all designed to ensure that physicians get the best training possible. Countless hours are spent studying, rounding on patients, taking calls, and taking a seemingly endless number of exams. However, many physicians have discovered that practicing medicine in the real world as an attending physician—not within the confines of a training program—has its unique set of challenges.

Many of the issues faced by young physicians just entering into the practice of medicine are common to all physicians. However, many physicians are not trained to deal with these situations because their medical schools and post-graduate training programs offer little training in the nonclinical aspects of medical practice. I have been practicing medicine as a critical care physician for 10 years. The vast majority of that time has been spent working as a locum tenens physician. Throughout my career as a locums physician, I have worked in many hospitals and have met numerous attending physicians, medical residents, and medical students. I am always astonished at the disconnect between what we as physicians are taught during our medical training and what we actually have to know as physicians in the real world.

I wrote this book to help bridge that gap. Real World Medicine: What Your Attending Didn’t Tell You and Your Professor Didn’t Know provides practical advice on how to have a successful career in medicine. This book discusses many of the issues faced by physicians and offers solid strategies on how to navigate the complex legal, financial, and political aspects of practicing medicine that will help you avoid the common mistakes many physicians make.