4. If you received a notice that one of your most common patient care encounters required a new change in documentation, how would you feel?
A. Slightly annoyed, but I would learn how to implement the new change as soon as I could.
B. Beaten down, insulted and disempowered. My work is tough enough without additional changes every time I turn around.
5. You have been taking care of a patient for 3 years and he is taking a turn for the worse, but his current condition requires a specialist in a different department. How do you feel?
A. I might call the specialist to touch base and I hope the patient and his family are at peace with the outcome.
B. Terrified. I review my charts to make sure there is nothing in his care that I can be blamed for.
6. You hear that one of your medical school classmates has retired after writing a best selling science fiction novel. How do you feel?
A. Happy for him.
B. Jealous. I'm not sure when my lucky break will finally come.
7. You find out that one of your former colleagues commuted suicide after a malpractice lawsuit. How do you feel?
A. Sad that he couldn't find the strength to pull through.
B. Angry at the world for putting him through that.
You see the trend here. If you answered mostly A, then clinical medicine is most likely right for you. But if you answered mostly B, now is the time to start exploring your options. Learn more about non-clinical opportunities here and explore nonclinicaldoctors.com to see how you can plan your transition to make your career more satisfying.