MedScape recently surveyed over 24,000 US physicians regarding their compensation. In general, incomes are down somewhat since the 2011 survey. Most news outlets focused on the finding that only 11 percent of doctors considered themselves “rich,” which was not defined. Many docs pointed out that although their incomes were high, they had many expenses and debts.
Not receiving any notice were some other interesting results.
Only 54 percent of the respondents said that they would choose medicine as a career if they had a chance to “do it all over again.” Think about that. How sad. Anecdotally, I know a lot of unhappy doctors, but for almost half to admit that they made a poor career choice is shocking. Only 41 percent would choose the same specialty, and a mere 23 percent would practice in the same setting.