Almost one in four upcoming graduates of medical residency programs say they would select a field other than medicine if they had to decide over again, according to a new survey by Merritt, Hawkins, & Associates, a Dallas-based physician search firm.
In contrast, Merritt, Hawkins says no more than 11% of residents it surveyed in past years indicated they would have selected another career.
The company adds that more than 60% of residents who will graduate on June 30 indicated malpractice is causing them a significant level of concern, compared with 15% in 2001. And 60% in the 2003 survey also indicated that dealing with managed care and other payers is a significant cause of concern, up from 25% in 2001.
"Before they even enter the world of professional practice, many newly trained physicians are wondering why they didn't chart a different course," says Joseph Hawkins, CEO of Merritt, Hawkins.
"This should be an exciting time for doctors," he adds. "Instead, many of them are already disillusioned with medicine."