Orthopedist lifestyles, happiness in 2024: 12 things to know


Half of orthopedic surgeons would take a cut in their annual salaries to be able to maintain a better work-life balance, according to Medscape's 2024 "Orthopedist Lifestyle and Happiness Report," published March 8. 

Here are 11 additional things to know about orthopedic surgeons' lifestyles and happiness in 2024: 

1. The top way that orthopedic surgeons try to maintain their happiness and mental health is through exercise (78%). 

2. About 39% of orthopedic surgeons feel either conflicted or very conflicted as parents due to their work demands, while 33% feel somewhat conflicted. 

3. The majority of orthopedic surgeons believe that prioritizing family and personal time is very (71%) or somewhat (26%) important. 

4. The majority of orthopedic surgeons believe that their diets are either very (18%) or somewhat (64%) healthy. 

5. Over half of surgeons (52%) are actively trying to lose weight. 

6. One-third of surgeons exercise four to five times a week, while an additional third exercise two to three times a week. 

7. About 22% of surgeons consume one drink or less a week, while 20% drink no alcohol. 

8. Over half of surgeons (51%) are trying to cut back on their online time. 

9. Nearly all practicing orthopedic surgeons (86%) are married. Of those, 85% rate their marriages as good or very good. 

10. The majority of orthopedists (74%) are either spiritual or religious. 

11. A plurality of orthopedists (42%) take three to four weeks of vacation time a year. 

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