Shaping your career to maximize personal satisfaction in the practice of oncology

Tait Shanafelt, Harold Chung, Heather White, Laurie Jean Lyckholm

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Abstract

The practice of oncology can be a source of both great satisfaction and great stress. Although many oncologists experience burnout, depression, and dissatisfaction with work, others experience tremendous career satisfaction and achieve a high overall quality of life. Identifying professional goals, optimizing career fit, identifying and managing stressors specific to practice type, and achieving the optimal personal work-life balance can increase the likelihood of individual oncologists' achieving personal and professional satisfaction. In this article, we will explore how oncologists can accomplish these tasks and will examine several pervasive professional myths that often distort perspective. The article concludes in a conversation with four oncologists regarding what they find most meaningful about their work, how they manage career-specific stressors, and how they achieve balance between their personal and professional lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4020-4026
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Volume24
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 20 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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