Medical students have many concerns as they first go through school and then embark on their careers. Merritt & Hawkins wanted to know what was weighing on the minds of the new generation of doctors, so they conducted a survey on that very question. The results were surprising.
48% of newly graduated residents said that their biggest concern was the possible loss of free time when they enter a practice. This is increased since a 2008 survey when 33% reported the same concern. The response far outweighed any other response, which is concerning since medical knowledge and ability to deal with resulting educational debt were further down the list.
12% worried about dealing with their high educational debts and valued the opportunity to have their loans forgiven.
7% were concerned that their medical knowledge was lacking in terms of real-world application.
2% felt unprepared to deal with patients when they graduated from medical school and ventured into practice.
It is interesting, and a bit perplexing, why the survey got these results. Additionally, when asked about the "must-haves" when entering practice, personal enrichment outweighed professional enhancement. Residents sought a good geographic location, dedicated time off, and good pay. Further down the list was the desire to have good medical facilities and equipment with which to practice. It calls into question if there is a shift in mindset for the new generation of physicians. Will the medical field lose its notoriety as a career based on self-sacrifice? One would hope not, but the future will tell.