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The 5 Biggest Fears Doctors Confess To Other Doctors

Like prep sports or prime-time television, medical meetings have seasons.

In the spring and fall, my calendar fills with invitations to keynote national conferences. I try to get to the venue a few hours before I’m scheduled to speak, so I can “take the pulse” of fellow doctors, asking them about their practices, patients and the future of medicine.

Figuratively speaking, the industry’s pulse is racing with fear. I’ve observed that in just the past 12 months, the once-mild anxieties of American doctors have transformed into clear and present phobias.

These are extraordinary times in medicine, giving way to five intense fears: