New doctors want work-life balance in their first job, survey finds

The work schedule, the place are also factors.

According to a new survey, work-life balance is the most important factor for new doctors choosing their first job, possibly due to the stress caused by COVID-19.

The responses confirmed and exceeded a similar finding from a 2018 study, according to health workforce consultant CHG Healthcare. The company announced the survey from its CompHealth division, which interviewed 145 physicians who had not been in residency for two to three years.

In 2022, 85% of physicians said work-life balance was the top factor in choosing a new job, up from 2018, when 63% of new physicians said work-life balance was the most important factor, according to the survey results.

“This increase is significant but not surprising when compared to similar surveys which found that doctors’ attitudes towards the importance of wellness and work-life balance are changing as a result of the pandemic. “, the Salt Lake City-based company said in the survey. summary.

Work schedule and location were tied at 83% for the second most important factors when physicians were selecting a first job, followed by job/employer stability at 79%.

Salary remained in fifth place but jumped in importance from 49% in 2018 to 77% in 2022 as a job search factor for new doctors, according to the survey results.

Other findings from the 2022 survey included:

  • Most physicians (57%) did not feel very confident about finding their first non-residency job and most (66%) were actively seeking employment while in residency.
  • In finding a first job, 68% of physicians said their residency programs were not very helpful, although 42% offered CV assistance and 28% offered networking events and help finding jobs. local jobs or scholarships. The areas in which physicians wanted more help were negotiating contracts and compensation.
  • Most physicians (70%) were satisfied with their first non-residential job. This was up 5% from the 2018 survey, when 65% said they were happy with their job.

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