How orthopedists rank the job's most rewarding and challenging aspects

Jackie Drees -   Print  |

When considering the job's most rewarding and challenging aspects, orthopedists cite gratitude and the relationships with patients as most rewarding, while the amount of rules and regulations for physicians leads as most challenging, according to Medscape's Physician and Compensation Report.

This year's report had more than 20,000 respondents across 29 specialties, and results were weighted to the American Medical Association's physician distribution by specialty, state and gender. Respondents were required to be currently practicing physicians in the U.S., and responses were taken from November 2017 through February 2018.

Percentage of orthopedists' most rewarding part of job rankings
1. 37 percent – gratitude/relationships with patients
2. 22 percent – being very good at what I do/finding answers and diagnoses
3. 22 percent – knowing that I'm making the world a better place
4. 12 percent – making good money at a job that I like
5. 3 percent – teaching
6. 2 percent – being proud of being a doctor
7. 1 percent – nothing

Percentage of orthopedists' most challenging part of job rankings
1. 31 percent – having so many rules and regulations
2. 20 percent – difficulties getting fair reimbursement
3. 20 percent – having to work with an EHR system
4. 9 percent – dealing with difficult patients
5. 8 percent – worrying about being sued
6. 7 percent – having to work long hours
7. 1 percent – nothing

More articles on orthopedics:
Top 25 hospitals for orthopedics: U.S. News & World Report
AAOS supports move to site-neutral payments for physician office visits
Orthopedic surgeon to know: Dr. Erik Severson of Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics

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