In Part III of the series, we looked at if physicians would choose the medical profession as a career if they could hypothetically do it all over again. Medscape also asked physicians if they would choose their own specialty again. Let's look at the percentage of YES responses by specialty in 2013, in descending order.
Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2013
Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2012
Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2011
Dermatologists would choose their specialty again more than any other specialist. That's not surprising given that they also have the highest overall satisfaction. For 14 of the 25 surveyed specialties, less than half of physicians would pick their own specialty again. The percentage of YES responses from Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Physicians are especially low. Let's look at the change in YES responses over the past 2 years.
In 2013, the majority of specialties are in the 40 to 60% zone. All specialists are less likely to choose their specialty again compared to two years ago. Radiologists and Orthopaedic Surgeons saw the largest drops in two years. However, remember this is a hypothetical with no action or consequences. Looking over Part III and Part IV stats, I found something interesting. If we lined up "would you choose your own specialty again" in descending order next to "would you choose the medical profession as a career again" in ascending order...
|Specialty||Would Choose Own Specialty Again||Specialty||Would Choose Medical Profession Again|
|Critical Care||44%||Emergency Medicine||52%|
|Pulmonary Medicine||39%||Infectious Disease||58%|
|Family Medicine||28%||Family Medicine||62%|
|Internal Medicine||19%||Internal Medicine||66%|
... Then they will look somewhat similar. So hypothetically and very generally speaking, physicians who are less likely to choose medical practice as a career again are more likely to pick their own specialty again. Interesting...