Not receiving any notice were some other interesting results.
Only 54% of the respondents said that they would choose medicine as a career if they had a chance to “do it all over again.” Think about that. How sad. Anecdotally, I know a lot of unhappy doctors, but for almost half to admit that they made a poor career choice is shocking. Only 41% would choose the same specialty, and a mere 23% would practice in the same setting.
Another outcome of note is that of satisfaction by specialty. With 64% saying they were satisfied, dermatologists led the list. Specialties which had fewer than 50% of their ranks expressing satisfaction were the core groups, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and my own specialty, general surgery. Fewer than half of the general surgeons would choose medicine as a career again or general surgery as a specialty.
These findings will likely not be cited by medical schools looking to recruit applicants, who apparently don’t read surveys like this anyway. It’s not very flattering for most specialties either. How bad is it when even one-third of the dermatologists aren’t satisfied? So-called “organized medicine” will ignore all of this as they have done for years. The government will continue to put the squeeze on.
I’ve said it before; the future of medicine is indeed bleak.