Some 24% of medical residents in their final year of training said they would choose a different career if they could begin again, according to a survey by Irving, Texas-based Merritt, Hawkins & Associates, a consulting and physician search firm. In the firm's 2001 survey, just 5% of the physicians-in-training reported having such serious second thoughts. About 325 of the 4,870 residents contacted by the firm completed the survey. Of those, about 60% said malpractice costs are causing them "significant concern" as they enter the practice of medicine -- compared with 15% who expressed similar apprehension in the 2001 survey. Also, 60% cited concerns about managed care and payment issues, up from 25% in 2001. "This should be an exciting time for doctors 'coming out,' " said Joseph Hawkins, the firm's CEO. "Instead, many of them are already disillusioned with medicine." -- by Michael Romano
Many residents regret choosing medicine: survey
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