Many Physicians Regret Career Choice
According to Medscape’s newly published (2012) report on physician income, almost half (46%) of the surveyed physicians (N > 25,000) would not choose medicine as a career, and nearly 80% would not choose the same practice setting, if they had to do it over again. Nearly 60% regret their specialty choice. Perhaps income, especially for radiologists and orthopedic surgeons, lightens the emotional load. But money can soothe only so much unhappiness.
The distressing thought for the day: The general dissatisfaction among currently practicing physicians bodes ill for encouraging bright young adults to pursue medical careers.