After residency, medical school graduates get matched to residency programs for 3-7 years. During those years, salaries are meager and their debt burden from medical school continues to accrue. They work 80 hours on average a week, study for hours afterward, and often times they stay longer to ensure their patients receive the best care! During these years where doctors make meager salaries, they are also expected to study for boards (and pay the hefty fees!), pay for licensing, and travel/interview costs (which alone could add up to $10k+!).
Many residents go on to a fellowship to further train and study in their subspecialty. During these years, the salary is also meager and the hours still long and taxing. After paying medical school debts, fees to become a physician, and taxes, doctors are left with very little money to support their families.
Once doctors complete training, they do make a generous salary, however, they still work long hours, holidays, and weekends. Doctors continue to train for the rest of their career and consistently take exams to be board certified. They also pay down their student loan debt which can be thousands per month in payments! Additionally, many doctors deal with the emotional stress of being a physician and losing patients.
We do of course allot a small percentage of your donation toward overhead and administrative expenses. However, we try to keep this amount to a bare minimum!