Practice patterns and job satisfaction in fellowship-trained endocrine surgeons
ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Debates about the difficult job market for young endocrine surgeons are ongoing. This study aimed to analyze the practice patterns and work-related satisfaction levels of recently trained endocrine surgeons. METHODS: An anonymous survey was utilized. Participants were divided into 3 groups: "Young" (<3 years in practice), "middle" (3-5 years), and "older" (>5 years). RESULTS: Fifty-six of 78 surgeons (72%) responded to the survey. Time in practice ranged from 1 to 9 years (mean, 3.9 ± 0.28). Forty-five (80%) described their practice as academic. Participants performed 244.1 ± 17.8 operations within the last year; 75.4 ± 3.3% were endocrine cases. More surgeons in the "young" group have academic practices (92%) and joined established endocrine surgery groups (54%) versus older surgeons (67% and 42%; P = .05). Of surgeons in the "young" group, 4% started their own practice versus 33% in the "older" group (P = .04). Level of satisfaction with financial compensation (3.2 on a 4-point scale versus 2.9) and lifestyle (3.6 vs 3.1) was also higher in the younger group (P = .009). CONCLUSION: Despite widespread speculation about scarcity of academic jobs after fellowship, recently trained endocrine surgeons are more likely to practice in academic settings and join established endocrine surgery practices when compared with older surgeons. Overall satisfaction level is higher among recently trained surgeons.
Surgery 12/2013; 154(6):1470-2. DOI:10.1016/j.surg.2013.06.027 · 3.37 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) initiated a fellowship match in 2007. The profile of applicants who successfully match into an endocrine surgery (ES) fellowship has not previously been characterized. Methods An IRB-approved, web-based, survey was distributed to recent and current ES fellows. Results The survey response rate was 62% (56/90). The overall mean age was 33 years old (SD ± 3), 54% were female and 37% self-identified as non-white. Only 5% entered their surgical training with the aim of specializing in ES. During residency, respondents were exposed to high volumes of index ES cases. Sixty-two percent had dedicated research time. At the time of fellowship application, the median number of publications was 5 (range, 0-25), and 30% of respondents had additional advanced degrees. Conclusion Entering ES fellows have diverse backgrounds, with strong academic credentials. These data help inform the career mentoring of aspiring ES applicants.The American Journal of Surgery 10/2014; 208(4). DOI:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2014.03.013 · 2.41 Impact Factor