KevinMD November 17, 2023
Yimdriuska Magan Mendoza, MD, MPH

I am no longer a physician. I have become the typist.”

This is a sentiment echoing in the hallways of medical practices across the nation. This transformation encapsulates the growing disillusionment among doctors, particularly those in primary care. As a resident physician in family medicine, I am acutely aware of the escalating rates of physician burnout, exacerbated by the expectation to see between 18 and 24 patients daily. One must ask: Why does it have to be this way?

The burden of administrative work

Physicians now allocate nearly half their work hours—approximately 22.5 hours per week—to navigating electronic health records (EHRs). This shift away from direct patient care not only fuels burnout but also erodes both patient and provider satisfaction....

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