Z-Man wrote:I've got a question for physicians who have made a choice to follow a path that allows them more time for climbing. Do you ever see yourselves changing your career trajectory in the future to include more work and less play?
I specialize in emergency medicine and own a small locums tenens company. So I have the best of the best world - emergency medicine shift work and locums tenens contract work. I can work as much or as little as I desire.
I can take off a month when I want to go somehwere. In the summer I usually work only 12 hours a week, and in the winter, I work as much as 60-80 hours a week to make up the difference.
So to answer your question: I change my career trajectory seasonally to either work more or play more.
On the flip side of things.... I am almost 50 years old. I've got colleagues who are younger than me and who had put their nose to the grindstone (all work and no play). They are comfortably retired now, traveling all over the world, while I'm still looking at another 15 years before I can even begin to think about retirement.