Decent Work/Life Balance Found in Ortho Residencies

Doximity’s 2015-2016 Residency Navigator is designed to help medical students make informed choices about residency programs by analyzing more than 94,000 ratings and hand-written reviews from Doximity members who are currently in or recently graduated from US residency programs. From that data, Doximity’s VP of Product Management Shari Buck turned up two interesting findings about orthopaedists in training:

–Among the specialties with the highest ratings for work hours (tolerability of shift and call schedules) and schedule flexibility (real-life accommodations for events such as weddings and pregnancy), orthopaedic surgery came in fourth, behind physiatry, dermatology, and radiation oncology—and just ahead of emergency medicine.

–On the other hand, female residents in general appear to be less satisfied than their male counterparts, and the gender gap is especially pronounced in historically male-dominated specialties like orthopaedic surgery (83.7 percent satisfaction among women versus 95.9 percent for men; p<0.05).

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