When you see people living the “luxurious life,” do you ever stop to think about what type of journey they went on to afford such a lifestyle? Most people will just automatically assume that “rich people” are celebrities, came into inheritance money, or have really good jobs. Well, all of those aspects are reasons that people are able to live an affluent lifestyle but a lot of wealthy people didn’t just come into their wealth by being a celebrity or from an inheritance… some people really had to work hard and sacrifice for the lifestyle they’ve come to afford. (Image Credit: Pixabay)
When you think of what it means to be wealthy, what are the main characteristics that come to mind? Expensive cars, “bling-bling,” and mansions? Yes, those are certainly aspects that depict wealth but one of the other aspects that depict wealth is traveling. Now, you might wonder how wealthy individuals who work for a living are able to work and travel the world at the same time… well, a lot of the times, these wealthy individuals are in the medical field and they take on medical professions that allow them to travel the world.
This allows them to not only travel the world but to also have a career doing what they love. A lot of the people who are able to work and live this lifestyle are doctors… they make it look so easy, right? But, to be fair, doctors do have a slight advantage over other career fields… there are actually search engines specifically for doctors to help them find jobs. So whether you’re a cardiologist looking for a job or an endocrinologist looking to join a practice, you have access to jobs in your medical specialty.
The Luxury of Giving Back
Practicing Medicine Through Humanitarian Work
According to kevinmd.com, the reason many people become doctors is that there is a need within them to help others and do good in life… One of the ultimate ways to help others in need is to engage in humanitarian work overseas. Practicing medicine through humanitarian work means that you truly have a passion for practicing medicine for the greater good because a lot of times, there’s not as much money in this area of medicine as it would be in the US.
There are all kinds of different fields that do humanitarian work. Teachers do humanitarian work overseas… there is actually an orphanage in India seeking support to provide education and educational resources to the children there. So, with there being a need for humanitarian work in the educational field, just imagine how much help is needed in the area of health care across the globe as well.
Providing Medical Help as a Locum Tenens Physician
Locum tenens physicians are doctors who act as a stand-in doctor at various locations for doctors who are on leave. Some patients don’t like this and only want to see their doctor but this is a better alternative for patients because it allows them to have a continuum of care instead of missing appointments waiting on their actual doctor or changing their prescribed path of care.
As a locum tenens physician, this will allow you to travel as well. It can allow you to travel from facility to facility within your city or from state to state, it just depends on the workload you take on and licensing. This position is also a great opportunity for new doctors just getting into the medical field. It allows them to be able to practice medicine in various settings, which will give them an advantage in seeing where their specialties will be benefited the most.
Taking on a Sabbatical to Enhance Medical Skills
When a doctor goes on a sabbatical, they’re taking a leave from work but it’s typically for an educational reason or for an opportunity to learn new skills. Sabbaticals not only enhance your medical skills but they also allow you to refresh your mind and rejuvenate yourself and keep you from burning yourself out. With sabbaticals, doctors are able to travel to different conferences and meetings as an opportunity to:
- Determine what’s truly important to them in their field
- What their ultimate goal is
- Learn new skills for their profession
- Figure out what they want to do next
It may seem like doctors are invincible because they’re doctors; like they don’t get sick simply because they’re doctors but doctors are really the ones who need to make sure their own health is in good condition as well. Doctors are everyday people just like everyone else… They have good days and they have bad days, they have to come to grips with not being able to save every patient. They just simply get tired too but they push through because helping others is embedded in their hearts.
So, although taking a sabbatical is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and things, it’s also a great opportunity for doctors to renew their mind, body, and spirit.