5 Songs Doctors Should Sing On The Day They Quit Medicine

OK, I know this might not seem like a financial lesson on the surface but it really is.

On my last shift in the emergency department several years back I brought in a CD which I titled “Tough shift? Wanna quit?”. It was a collection of songs that expressed how physicians feel about their careers. The other docs would play this CD when the going got tough in the ER trenches.

You and I both know the dirty little secret is that if most physicians had the means to walk away from medicine, they would.

Doctors as a group are very unhappy with the way medicine is headed. Yes, most do enjoy patient care, but let’s face it: that’s not what you do on a daily basis. The majority of our time is spent as secretaries, scut monkeys, computer clickers, waiters/waitresses, social workers, coding specialists, and sometimes janitors.

So the next time you’re feelin’ a little down and out in the hospital, the clinic, or the ER, listen to these songs that I put on that CD (my favorite lines from each song are included):

“Take this job and shove it” by Dead Kennedys

Better not try and stand in my way
Cause I'm walkin', out the door
Take this job and shove it I ain't working here no more

“We’re not gonna take it” Twisted Sister


“Jump” by Madonna

I haven't got much time to waste
It's time to make my way
I'm not afraid of what I'll face
But I'm afraid to stay
I'm going down my road and I can make it alone
I'll work and I'll fight till I find a place of my own

“Waiting for the end” by  Linkin Park

(Oh) I know what it takes to move on
(Oh) I know how it feels to lie
(Oh) All I want to do
Is trade this life for something new

“Bang the drum all day” by Todd Rundgren

Every day when I get home from work
I feel so frustrated
The boss is a jerk
And I get my sticks and go out to the shed
And I pound on that drum like it was the boss's head
Because I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day

Ok, in all seriousness, I don’t want you to get to the point where you have to listen to those tunes -- ever.

Instead I’d rather you get your finances, investments, and retirement straightened out and buffed up to the point where you’re handing out that CD to other docs in your group who haven’t done so.

Getting to that point requires a complete up and down, inside-out, revamp of your financial life to address the big areas:


Insurance planning

Investment planning

Education planning

Retirement planning

Estate planning

And more.

If you’re serious about that, you can start right here:
P.S. What songs would you add to that list? Let me know.