79% of orthopedists would choose medical career again — 14 survey statistics

Practice Management

Orthopedists pinpointed the most rewarding and most challenging parts of their careers, in a Medscape survey of more than 19,200 physicians across more than 27 specialties.

Despite challenges, 79 percent of orthopedists would choose a medical career again, and 95 percent would choose orthopedics again.


Orthopedists ranked the following as the most rewarding aspects of their jobs:


1. Gratitude/relationships with patients — 40 percent


2. Being very good at what I do/finding answers, diagnoses — 32 percent


3. Making good money at a job that I like — 12 percent


4. Knowing that I'm making the world a better place — 9 percent


5. Being proud of being a doctor — 5 percent


6. Nothing — 1 percent


Orthopedists reported the following as the most challenging aspects of their jobs:


1. Having so many rules and regulations — 31 percent


2. Having to work longer hours for less money — 17 percent


3. Difficulties getting fair reimbursement from Medicare and/or other insurers — 16 percent


4. Dealing with difficult patients — 13 percent


5. Having to work with an EHR system — 11 percent


6. Worrying about being sued — 7 percent


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