Opinion: What the physician exodus means to medical students like me

Here’s how I describe being in medical school during the coronavirus pandemic: It feels like I’m starting a job at a new building, except the building is on fire and everyone is rushing outside as they try to save their own lives. It is an appropriate comparison, as nearly 1 in 5 health care workers has left medicine since the pandemic began.

The physician exodus sends a clear message to trainees like me: “It isn’t safe here.” It’s a message that has been on display again and again throughout the pandemic.

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