Is radiology a more desirable specialty than orthopedics? Some surgeons think so — 26 statistics

Medpage Today's 2018 orthopedic salary survey evaluated job satisfaction among orthopedic surgeons.

Health Media designed and fielded the survey, collecting more than 20,000 responses — 7,753 of which contained salary information. Survey Design & Analysis analyzed the data.

Would you have preferred another specialty?
1. Yes: 14 percent
2. No: 86 percent

More desirable specialties
3. Radiology: 21.7 percent
4. Dermatology: 17.4 percent
5. Psychiatry and mental health: 8.7 percent
6. Hematology: 8.7 percent
7. Gastroenterology: 8.7 percent
8. Academia: 8.7 percent
9. Anesthesiology: 8.7 percent
10. Plastic surgery: 4.3 percent
11. OB-GYN: 4.3 percent
12. Family medicine: 4.3 percent
13. Emergency medicine: 4.3 percent

Best aspects of being a physician
14. Caring for people: 79.4 percent
15. The science and interesting problems: 43.6 percent
16. Income and lifestyle: 38.5 percent
17. Colleagues and collaboration: 26.8 percent
18. Ability to work anywhere: 26.8 percent
19. Respect from others and standing in the community: 20.6 percent

Worst aspects of being a physician
20. Record-keeping: 55.6 percent
21. Government intervention and regulations: 54.9 percent
22. Burnout: 47.9 percent
23. Work-life balance: 40.5 percent
24. Difficult patients: 31.9 percent
25. Defensive medicine: 30 percent
26. Workplace violence: 4.7 percent

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