Often it’s the topics we want to contemplate or discuss least that require the most attention. Physicians are no exception to this truism. These topics might include things that remind us of our mortality, our financial outlook, or the risks inherent to our career, for example.

The medical career requires exacting attention to the present moment, leaving little mental time or bandwidth for planning. But after the dust has settled from another day of medical practice, these are four irksome but essential topics to which every doctor should devote some attention.

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