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Do physicians make the best politicians?

Even though we have probably 20 years of work remaining as physicians, like a lot of you, I like to think about how we will spend our retirement years. After all, in twenty years we will still only be in our early fifties, hopefully with no dependents and a lot of financial security. Of course, my wife and I are interested in traveling, spending time with grandchildren (hopefully), gardening and all of the other leisurely pursuits we enjoy and have largely put off to this point. But unlike my wife, I also have a different kind of interest for my post-medicine life: a second career in politics. (I’m trying to convince my wife that she may have a future as a lobbyist/DC power broker like the sultry Claire Underwood.) At least perhaps we can eat breakfast at Freddy’s BBQ Joint.

Really? Politics?

I have always been engaged politically and interested in the political process, but the idea to run for office someday really came to me on a trip to Washington, DC during residency. I was attending a legislative conference for my specialty and meeting with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate (and staffers) on behalf of my society. I really enjoyed the trip, though seeing the effect that lobbyists (and particularly monied lobbyists) have on policy was disheartening.

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