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Ann Surg. 2011 May;253(5):1011-6. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e3182153a35.

Career satisfaction of surgical specialties.

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  • 1Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5429. Email: satish.deshpande@wmich.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the factors that impact career satisfaction for various surgical specialties.

BACKGROUND:

An acute shortage of surgeons is anticipated in the future. Career dissatisfaction can make this already difficult situation worse. It is important to understand and address factors that influence career satisfaction of surgeons to prolong tenure of existing surgeons and understand anticipated needs of future surgeons.

METHODS:

The Center for Studying Health System Change 2008 Health Tracking Physician Survey data were used in this study. Regression analysis was done to examine the impact of various practice-related factors, compensation-related factors, practice location, extent of minority patient, and various demographics on career satisfaction of various surgical specialties (n = 762).

RESULTS:

Among practice related factors, although threat of malpractice had a significant negative impact on career satisfaction, ability to provide quality care to patients and time with patients had a significant positive impact on career satisfaction of surgical specialists. Among compensation related factors, income and financial incentives to expand services had a significant positive impact on career satisfaction. Among practice location factors, those who primarily worked in medical schools were significantly more satisfied with their careers than others. Among minority factors, those treating a large proportion of Hispanic patients were significantly less likely to be satisfied with their careers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ability to provide quality care, time with patients, income, and financial incentives had a significant positive impact on career satisfaction. Similarly, threat of malpractice and high proportion of Hispanic patients had a negative impact on career satisfaction.

PMID:
21451395
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