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.
Landon BE. Career Satisfaction Among Physicians. JAMA. 2004;291(5):634. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.634