|December 2008 · Vol. 20, No. 12
The unbearable unhappiness of the ObGyn: A crisis looms
One in every five physicians feels dissatisfaction with a career in medicine—some so strongly that they abandon the workforce. An insider proposes solutions to burnout.
An unhappy physician is two or three times more likely to leave the profession or decrease hours than a satisfied physician is
The number of physicians per capita is at its highest point in 50 years in the US, yet the Council on Graduate Medical Education predicts a 10% shortfall by 2020
Dissatisfaction and departure from practice are directly related to age, with those who are 50 or older more likely to experience them
Dr. Weinstein is Paul A. and Eloise B. Bowers Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has long followed the satisfaction quotient in medicine, and proposed the laborist model of obstetric care in 2003.
Dr. Weinstein has no financial relationships relevant to this article.
“I CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION”—Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, 1965