It’s 6 p.m. and Dr. Martin, 67 years old, has finished his last consultation. He’s overwhelmed by a sense of emptiness. What will he do now? He goes home and thinks about his career, which is coming to an end today. He’s a retired doctor now.

More than a job, a passion

Spending one’s life caring for others is a vocation. Doctors know this all too well, as they open a new chapter in their lives after long studies and a career that all too often involves long days. When it comes to retirement, it’s never easy to turn the page. Especially in this profession, where 12% in Switzerland still work after taking the plunge. A significant figure compared to other sectors. Passion is generally one of the driving forces behind these professionals. However, given the weight of responsibility, few doctors are able to continue their practice indefinitely.

So how do they organize their day once they’ve stopped working? Do they make the most of their free time, or do they keep a foot in the profession by giving training courses, for example? Whatever the case – and whatever their choice – change is here to stay, and it’s important to adapt to it without underestimating the negative effects this new phase of life can have on their usual rhythm.

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