Physicians who report the highest level of dissatisfaction with their jobs most commonly practice in the fields of internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery and otolaryngology, according to an analysis of survey data from 12,000 physicians. High satisfaction, meanwhile, was generally reported in pediatrics, perinatal medicine, neonatal care, geriatric internal medicine and dermatology. Across all specialties, one factor remained constant: Higher income was associated with greater career satisfaction. Location also appeared to play a role with the most satisfied physicians living in New England or the west central U.S. Despite those variables, more than 70% of the doctors surveyed said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their careers. "The high satisfaction levels that we found in our study are testaments to the enduring rewards of the science and practice of medicine despite the challenges of a changing healthcare system," study author J. Paul Leigh said. "But it also raises a red flag on those specialties that may be under-populated in the future if we ignore the causes of physician discontent." The study was published in the July 22 Archives of Internal Medicine. Click here for an abstract. -- by Michael Romano
Docs' happiness reflects specialty, location: study
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