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Student JAMA
February 4, 2004

Career Satisfaction Among Physicians

JAMA. 2004;291(5):634. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.634

Despite reports of dissatisfaction among practicing physicians1 and a 22% decrease in applications to US medical schools since 1997,2 recent data suggest that the majority of physicians remain satisfied with their careers,3 although there may be substantial variability across geographical areas.3 In a nationally representative telephone survey of physicians from 1997 to 2001, we found that more than 80% of physicians with direct patient care responsibilities were somewhat or very satisfied with their careers.

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