Does Being a Doctor Still Feel Rewarding?

Twenty-six percent of doctors are considering a career change, with the top new careers being education, teaching, and healthcare business

  • A larger percentage of women than men are considering leaving physician roles to seek nonclinical careers (28% of women vs. 24% of men).
  • The peak decade for contemplating career change is age 50 to 59; 1 in 3 physicians in that age range are considering exiting clinical medicine.
  • The main drivers of these changes are the desire to work fewer hours and burnout.


Medscape. When Practicing Medicine Becomes Unrewarding. Accessed April 18, 2024.