Forbes August 12, 2019
Robert Pearl

Physicians nearing the end of their careers often mourn the loss of the hospital as it once was—the undisputed center of the healthcare universe. They remember a time when every community doctor rounded on patients in the morning and every surgery was performed in one of the hospital’s main operating rooms. 

Times, like hospitals, have changed. This article, which concludes a three-part series on physician burnout, looks at how the changing role of the American hospital has left doctors (both old and young) feeling lonely, isolated and, increasingly, burned out. 

How And Why Hospitals Have Changed

Today, two-thirds of surgical procedures are performed in outpatient “surgicenters” where patients are commonly discharged within hours of their arrival. Inpatient stays are becoming a thing of the...