Why physicians get irked by "suits"

Like Billy Walsh on Entourage, doctors have disdain for “suits”. Here’s why:

But now the intrepid blogger of Over My Med Body may be getting an inkling why doctors who have had years of training like this can get so upset when their dedication, knowledge, or work habits are questioned by some “suit” with a six-, seven-, or eight-figure income, a “suit” who is comfortably in bed every night of the week, and who never has to handle an emergency, much less a patient throwing up blood, hallucinating, and febrile at three in the morning.

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  • girlvet

    doctors are always irked about something. its really boring


    Yeah. It’s always something.

    I was fired by one of those “suits” for saving a child’s life. My life in my own hometown got turned upside down, and ten years later, it’s still not set right.

    The scumbags (plural) who issued edicts that amounted to “shut up or else” were at home in bed while I cleaned up a mess another one of their “more-valued” doctors on staff made.

    I get a Christmas card every year from the girl’s parents. Just her picture.

    P.S. Those “suits” also lied under Oath to minimize their damages when I dragged their butts to court.

    But hey. That’s all “boring”.

  • MedFriendly

    Yeah, a little more sympathy fot the things doctors go through is probably warranted.

    Dominic A. Carone, Ph.D.
    Founder and Webmaster of MedFriendly.com and The MedFriendly blog.

  • N14

    Yes… sympathy for being the highest paid (on a median basis) profession in the country.

    I will make sure I cry a river the next time I hear about some OB/GYN making $180K per year (after all expenses) crying about the cost of doing business and providing reasons to engage in patient abandonment.

  • Throckmorton

    As to N14′s comment. How much do you think someone should be payed after 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, then 4 years of residency training. Who works 70 hours a week including nights and weekends.

    Then how much do you think someone should make who has 4 years of college and then 2 years for a MBA or three for a JD who cant be reached before 9 or after 4:30.

    The reason I bring this up is when you look at what other professionals make, hour for hour it is better to have a MBA or JD. If you really want to do well get a DDS.

  • Matt

    If you characterize the hourse of those with MBAs and JDs as loosely as he does the hours of physicians, you can probably come to any conclusion you want.

  • Mike

    The point is, 180K is the ceiling. You can’t make more being an honest docotr. Those other professions boast bigger salaries, but nowhere near the responsibility. And rarely are you in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario, like doctors are.

    I’ll say it agin: the MD’s who work and live in places like NYC and SF, 180K is NOTHING! (and I’m not even making THAT)

  • Anonymous

    $180K is the ceiling? Perhaps in certain specialties, but that’s the case for the other professions as well. But when you consider that the average surgeon makes over $200K, clearly $180K isn’t the ceiling. Are surgeons just not honest?

    Lawyers are never in a damned if you do/don’t scenario? You must be joking

  • Matt

    Mike, the third highest paid state employee in my state, after the university’s football and men’s bball coach, is a surgery professor at the medical school. $1.1 million. Is he not honest?

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