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When exploring career options in medical school or residency, you should keep in mind that your physician job will affect all aspects of your life. A 2020 Medscape Survey was conducted to discover how specialties stack up when it comes to career happiness.
Dermatology At a 41% happiness rating, dermatology tops the list. To become a dermatology physician, you will need to complete a preliminary/transitional year and a three-year residency. There are fellowship options like dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, and procedural dermatology to consider. According to Salary.com1, the average dermatologist salary is $347,700.
Ophthalmology Ophthalmology has a happiness rating of 39%. Ophthalmology requires an internship year and three years of residency training in ophthalmology. There are also fellowship options to consider, like glaucoma, medical retina/uveitis, and ophthalmic oncology. The average ophthalmologist salary2 is $296, 500.
Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery follows closely behind at a 38% happiness rating. To become a plastic surgeon, you will need to complete a surgery residency and a plastic surgery residency. You can also consider subspecialties like craniomaxillofacial surgery, hand surgery, and cosmetic surgery. The average plastic surgeon's salary3 is $395,153.
What else contributes to physician happiness?
Work-life balance: Having a balance between work and personal life can help physicians manage stress and prevent burnout.
Autonomy: Physicians who have more control over their work schedule, patient care decisions, and overall practice management tend to report higher levels of happiness.
Financial compensation: Adequate financial compensation can provide a sense of security and allow physicians to focus on patient care rather than financial worries.
Patient relationships: Physicians who have positive and meaningful relationships with their patients often report greater job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Professional development opportunities: Physicians who have access to ongoing education, training, and mentorship are more likely to feel fulfilled and engaged in their work.
Positive work culture: A positive work environment that fosters collaboration, support, and open communication can contribute to physician happiness.
Overall, physician happiness can stem from a combination of factors related to work-life balance, autonomy, financial compensation, patient relationships, professional development, and work culture.
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