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Young US doctors are satisfied with the present but pessimistic about the future

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2773
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Young doctors in the United States are pessimistic about the future of their profession and of healthcare, despite being relatively satisfied with their current situation. The findings were published in a new report by the Physicians Foundation, a charity dedicated to improving the practice of medicine.

The data were gathered in December 2011 from 500 interviews with participants identified by the company Medical Marketing Research. They were chosen to reflect broad categories of practice: primary care physicians (250), medical and surgical office based specialists (175), and hospital based specialists (75).

Respondents had to be 40 years of age or less; the average age was …

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