Now Hiring: Medicine’s Martin Luther King

Enjoy year-round sunshine with a month paid vacation. Earn 300K plus production bonus. No state tax! No call! Daily I’m bombarded with glossy postcards promising the good life.

With so many options, why are physicians fleeing medicine? Some leave for teaching, waitressing, even homemaking. Others escape into administration, insurance or pharmaceutical positions. Many simply retire in despair.

Robert Centor, M.D., writes about our quiet rebellion: “This rebellion has no Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin; no Abbie Hoffman or Che Guevara. This rebellion occurs one physician at a time, as that physician finds continuing their practice undesirable.”

And the truth behind the exodus?

There can never be year-round sunshine for physicians working in an unjust health-care system. And $300,000 can never be enough to numb the pain of dedicating one’s life to a profession that has lost it’s soul. A month’s vacation can only distract us from our suffering for approximately thirty days.

Now is not the time for doctors to give up call, but to accept a call to action. Ours is a sacred obligation, a covenant with patients. America’s greatest dreams can never be delivered by politician-saviors. We are the saviors we’ve been waiting for.

Years ago, I stopped pursuing the elusive production bonus; I stepped off the treadmill to follow my heart. And I discovered to heal my patients, I had to first heal my profession. So I held town hall meetings where I invited citizens to create their ideal clinic. Celebrated since 2005, our model has sparked a populist movement: Americans are creating ideal clinics and hospitals nationwide. One hospital CEO now affectionately calls me “his MLK.”

More than a quiet rebellion, we need a non-violent social revolution led by America’s doctors. Medicine needs a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I think I’ll apply for the job.

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4 comments on “Now Hiring: Medicine’s Martin Luther King
  1. Deborah Munhoz says:

    Yes, I can see the MLK parallel, you do have a dream! And all important change- begins with a new vision of what is possible. Like the Cheshire Cat says- “ if you don’t know where you are going- any road will get you there”. And not only do you have a vision- you are a leader in that you inspire others to a new possibility. Thanks for the contribution.

  2. Chris Boardman says:

    Excellent article! As a consumer, thank you for following your dreams and passions. Healthcare is in a fix…and it will take people such as yourself to lead the change.



  3. bodhi says:

    You go girl!!!

  4. Kokouvi Peter ONI says:

    Fantastic Holistic Model!
    It is a real discovery of the healing world when I came across ideal medical care. I fully support this initiative. The medical field is right now challenging. Anderson (1995) stated (in The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness) that “the dangers of being over treated are at least as great as the dangers of being undertreated”. I believe we need alternative solutions for our healing processes. Your movement is on track. Your model recalls me our Community Connection Centers (CCC) for community exchange at a grassroots level back in our Global South Nations (Poor Countries). I strongly recommend you keep moving in this same trend for a better world. Pamela, you’re doing a great job! Congratulations & Blessings!
    Warm regards
    Kokouvi (Peter) ONI
    Hands Helping Humanity

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