The pandemic has prompted one-fourth of U.S. physicians to consider early retirement, according to a Medscape survey of 7,414 healthcare professionals in eight countries.
The survey was conducted from June 9 through July 20.
Career changes physicians are considering due to their experiences with treating COVID-19:
Note: Respondents could choose more than one answer.
1. Retiring earlier than previously planned: 25 percent
2. A different work setting (e.g., hospital, office, academic, etc.): 14 percent
3. A different type of work situation (e.g., employed, self-employed, contractor, etc.): 13 percent
4. A career change away from patient care: 12 percent
5. A career change away from medicine: 12 percent
6. Other: 5 percent
7. A different specialty: 2 percent
8. None of the above: 51 percent
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