Jobs in medicine are highly regarded – they’re rewarding, essential and well paid. As such, most jobs in the medical field are highly sought after. What many of us fail to realise, however, is just how tough most of these jobs can be. With long hours, high stakes and a great deal of pressure, the majority of jobs in medicine are both challenging and demanding.
Here, we take a look at five of the toughest medical jobs and consider what makes them so tough.
1. General Practitioner (GP)
Your GP is likely to be the health professional that you have the most contact with. For most health issues, the GP will be a patient’s first port of call whether they are looking for a diagnosis, prescription or referral.
We can immediately see part of what makes GP jobs so tough – the high volume of patients and the range of problems make for hard work. On a day-to-day basis, a GP will not specialise in any one area but this can be hard work in itself, pushing the GP to work from a deep pool of knowledge and speak with authority on each.
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2. Hospital management
The job of a hospital manager is difficult at the best of times, with a large number of people working under them in high stakes situations. At the present time the world of health careers is in a tough place, with strains on funding and an ageing population pushing up demand for services.
Practice Managers are being forced to make tough decision regarding medical services and which are suitable for receiving priority when it comes to both funding and resources.
3. Junior doctor
All graduates are facing tough times but the situation for those leaving medical school is particularly tough. While their contemporaries are experiencing the freedoms of life after education and roles with relatively small levels of responsibility, junior doctors are thrown in at the deep end.
Junior doctors work in a fast paced environment with a great deal of responsibility. Not only are they pushed to provide front line service but they are still learning every day of the week while en route to their full time jobs in medicine.
While nurses today receive a good deal more respect than in the past, most of us still underestimate the stress under which they work. Not only are nurses required to provide outstanding levels of service but it is their job to form, maintain and nurture relationships with patients throughout hospitals. The amount of responsibility placed on the heads of nurses is overwhelming, placing them easily within the top five most demanding medical careers.
On top of the unfathomable work load received by surgeons in the NHS comes unrivalled responsibility. While the early stages of treatment are very important (diagnosis, for one), it is the job of the surgeon to deliver at the end stage with utmost precision and certainty. The job of a surgeon requires far more than skill. Indeed, a good surgeon must be calm and competent when under great stress.
Article written by Johnny Mcdonald