Victim to Victor: How to Slay the 4 Toxic Mindsets of Practicing Medicine

A colleague and good friend of mine, after practicing in primary care for over 20 years, closed down his practice and retired.

The notification letter he sent out to his patients shared his appreciation for the opportunity to serve them.

This is of no surprise as he was truly loved by his patients.

In that same letter explained about the challenges that physicians face currently in the healthcare system as motivating his decision to no longer practice.

That it was hard to get paid for his services, that medicine had become a volume based business, and that he was sorry for not being able to spend the time he wanted with each and every patient.

He also regretted not being able to spend the time with his family.

Can you image writing a letter to your patients apologizing for how you treated them?

You should NEVER have to do that.

He felt like he had to because his SELF-PERCEPTION of being a doctor had been eroded so far down to the bone.

I remember at the beginning of opening my own practice having awesome conversations with him at conferences about strategies to start a smart practice.

I took this advice and put it into practice with our new practice and saw GREAT RESULTS.

To me he was a true leader and I saw him as experienced and highly aware of what it took to run a successful Primary Care Practice. When he talked, other physicians would gather around and jot down notes.

How had he fallen so far from being such a true physician leader?

He did enjoy many years of success but now is closing his doors.

Not by choice but by necessity.

He even tried to bring in a third party company to retrofit his practice into a Concierge Model.

But that failed miserably. That was THE last straw.

So what happened? He Failed to Adapt.

What’s the Story You Tell Yourself About Being a Doctor?

He started to tell himself the story of being a victim of the system.
Over time, he believed that story. AND HE BECAME A VICTIM.

As patient perspectives, more choices and financial situations changed, he failed to adapt to those changes.

The Healthcare system is a constantly changing beast.

This seems like a giant conspiracy sadistically crafted by the government and the big profit motives of insurance companies. It seems like a big set up designed to punish those of us who have given up our lives to help people be healthy.

It’s not actually. It’s just change. Every industry changes. Changes driven by the forces of supply and demand.

Overcome the mindsets that are making you believe you are a victim and keeping you from the life you want.

We carry around invisible scripts with us just under the surface all day, every day. Without realizing it these scripts keep us identifying with the very obstacles that we are trying to overcome.

“What drove me to be a doctor is being killed off by regulations and restrictions, I cannot care for patients that way I had wanted to, there is no fulfillment in being a physician anymore.
– Frustrated Doctor

“I believe that the altruistic and idealistic spirit that has driven many of us into this field is slowly being crushed by the ever-increasing burden of bureaucratic restrictions and demands that dictate how the modern physician must practice medicine.”
– Frustrated Doctor

The 4 Toxic Mindsets of Practicing Medicine in America:

  1. Feeling Undervalued For Your Expertise
  2. Believing You Are Powerless In a Broken System
  3. Feeling Inadequate for Your Patients, Family, and Self
  4. Feeling Overworked, Stuck and Limited 

With these mindsets in control every day, you are defeated before you even get started. You carry the weight of a heavy burden into the office, struggling to find a source of energy and inspiration to make it through the day.

You can recapture the altruistic and idealistic spirit of being a doctor and find the Art of Being a Physician.

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About The Author

James Riviezzo

Over the past decade, I have served over 50,000 (mostly) satisfied patients. I have tracked measured and documented what makes a successful practice inside (and outside) the third party payer and oversight system of medicine.