A senior executive with the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) left a comment on one of my posts in which I said SHM needed to make career satisfaction a higher priority. He pointed out that the SHM career satisfaction Task Force has issued a white paper on the subject which can be accessed here. I’m not sure he understood my concerns.
Although the white paper contains helpful suggestions for individual programs it ignores an important megatrend which may now be the major threat to hospitalist career satisfaction. It’s what Bob Wachter cleverly terms life as a Swiss Army knife. It refers to an ever expanding and more nebulous job description which asks hospitalists to perform duties outside the scope of their training and comfort levels. It’s a recipe for burnout.
It may attract short timers, but who wants to sign up for life as a Swiss Army knife as a career? Hospital medicine, in whatever organizational form it takes in the coming years, must address this problem.