9 out of 10 doctors like their jobs

9 out of 10 doctors like their jobs

(HealthDay)—The next time you sit down with your doctor, it may help to know that they most likely love what they do. Nine out of 10 American doctors are happy with their choice of profession, even though they have some challenges.

That's the finding of an American Medical Association (AMA) survey of 1,200 doctors, residents and , conducted in February.

"Physicians may be discouraged at times, but almost every single one of us remains confident in our decision to enter medicine and continues to be driven by our desire to help our patients," Dr. Andrew Gurman, AMA president, said in a news release from the association.

Three-quarters of respondents said helping people was the main reason for the career choice.

And, being a doctor seems to be a calling—nearly three-quarters of physicians said they knew before they were 20 years old that they wanted to be a doctor. One-third knew they wanted to be a doctor before they reached their teens, the survey revealed.

Almost two-thirds of doctors said they would encourage others to enter the field of medicine.

The top reasons for deciding to become a doctor were as a patient, volunteer or with , the findings showed.

So, what challenges are doctors concerned about? Administrative burden, stress, and lack of time were the top three concerns cited overall.

Residents—-in-training—were more likely to include long hours and an on-call schedule among their top challenges.


Explore further

What's the real extent of industry payments to doctors?

More information: The U.S. Department of Labor has more on being a physician or surgeon.

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: 9 out of 10 doctors like their jobs (2017, March 30) retrieved 15 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-doctors-jobs.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Apr 28, 2017
The latest survey about the medical field says the same thing that physicians are found to be happy with their work and also motivates teens to adopt the healthcare profession, because now a days with the help of an employment firm like doctorschoiceplacement.com it has become very simple to find the job opportunities for doctors. And with increased health issues the demand for physicians is also increasing.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more