Just how happy are doctors?

As pre-med students begin to shadow and gain more real world experience, eventually they come in contact with a physician who isn't exactly satisfied with his job. Quite frequently these doctors go out of their way to warn prospective students about their career choice. They typically start with, "If I could do it all again, I would have been something else". Often they could rant for hours ,if given the chance, about the myriad of reasons that it's not a good idea to be a doctor in today's society. But just how common is this?


Medscape recently performed a survey which touched upon physician job satisfaction and came up with some interesting results. Only 51% of doctors said they would choose another career in medicine. Only 42% said they would pick the same specialty. Surprisingly, only 19% said they would choose the same practice settings. About 48% of physicians  surveyed feel they are unfairly compensated financially for their services.


So really, it's about a 50/50 chance! When asked about aspects of their job that physicians found rewarding, the number 1 response was "Being very good at what they do". Job satisfaction is a very interesting subject with lots of legitimate research and data behind it. For pre-med students who find this data alarming I highly recommend reading "So Good They Can't Ignore You" by Cal Newport. This is an excellent read that touches upon satisfaction and career choices and has a lot to offer for any pre-med who is still on the fence.

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For the full Medscape survey results click here