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SunDevilDoc

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Hey everybody, I read a survey a while ago asking doctors what they thought of their specialty, would they do it again, if they are satisfied with the hours, pay etc...
Anyway, it was awesome and I need it again to do a report, but I haven't been able to find it (I searched, googled, everything) and I'm pretty sure I found the link on SDN before. Can anyone help me get it?
 

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Thanks for the info, that actually wasnt the one I was looking for but it is pretty good. It wasn't in a scientific journal, it listed physician verbal responses to questions and things like that; ie it was more user-friendly I guess you could say.

Also, it is directed toward medical students to help them to decide what specialty to go into, the doctors were directed to give advice to them. I'm killing myself looking for this right now
 
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Reading these it always makes me smile to see that the "low paying" specialties like geriatrics and peds are always near the top of the list.
(Keep in mind peds specialist do 3 year residency and 3 year fellowship and often make <130K).

I think it just goes to show that for people who care alot about money, no amount of it will be enough.
 

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Thanks! And thanks OP for bringing it up. I kind of want to read through all of them just to know.
i read most while at work, they were fairly interesting. I still have no idea what i want to really do outside of i hate surgery and will not do that...i hope i can figure this out eventually lol. I dont want to be like some of the residents who i met who were still unsure of if they made the right move....
 

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Reading these it always makes me smile to see that the "low paying" specialties like geriatrics and peds are always near the top of the list.
(Keep in mind peds specialist do 3 year residency and 3 year fellowship and often make <130K).

I think it just goes to show that for people who care alot about money, no amount of it will be enough.
There are a handful that make more. Neonatologists average over 200K once they're established, I believe. Makes me happy that it's near the top of the list, as it's one of the specialties I'm most interested in, and I can certainly see why. Of course there are bad outcomes, but babies are surprisingly resilient little creatures.

That said, you've got to take this FWIW. Nothing the physicians that participated in this survey had to say about their specialty will dictate how much you ultimately are satisfied with the one you choose.
 

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There are a handful that make more. Neonatologists average over 200K once they're established, I believe. Makes me happy that it's near the top of the list, as it's one of the specialties I'm most interested in, and I can certainly see why. Of course there are bad outcomes, but babies are surprisingly resilient little creatures.

That said, you've got to take this FWIW. Nothing the physicians that participated in this survey had to say about their specialty will dictate how much you ultimately are satisfied with the one you choose.

This is true I guess. But the specialties that are always on the bottom of these lists must have something inherent to them that make for unhappy docs.
 

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This is true I guess. But the specialties that are always on the bottom of these lists must have something inherent to them that make for unhappy docs.

I don't disagree. I would say threat of malpractice/high premiums is a big part of it. Neurosurg and Ob/Gyn have the highest rates and they're near the bottom of the list. I wouldn't be surprised if vascular and thoracic surgery, also near the bottom, have particularly high rates as well. I'm sure a demanding lifestyle plays a role as well. It just doesn't mean that every doc that goes into that specialty is going to be miserable, and it shouldn't make you write off a specialty that you think you'd really enjoy.
 
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