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11 Specialties With Most Satisfied Physicians

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Just 42 percent of physicians would choose the same specialty if they could go back and start their career over, according to Medscape's 2013 Physician Compensation Report.

So which specialties have the most and least satisfied physicians? The following is a list of 11 physician specialties with the highest overall physician satisfaction rates, according to the nationwide survey:

Dermatology: 59 percent
HIV and ID: 53 percent
Oncology: 53 percent
Pathology: 52 percent
Psychiatry: 52 percent
Emergency medicine: 51 percent
Gastroenterology: 50 percent
Pediatrics: 50 percent
Urology: 50 percent
Critical care: 48 percent
Ophthalmology: 48 percent

Here are overall physician satisfaction rates for the 14 remaining specialties included in the survey:

Anesthesiology: 47 percent
Diabetes and endocrinology: 47 percent
Pulmonology: 47 percent
Radiology: 47 percent
Rheumatology: 47 percent
Family medicine: 46 percent
Cardiology: 45 percent
Plastic surgery: 45 percent
Internal medicine: 44 percent
Neurology: 44 percent
Obstetrics and gynecology: 44 percent
Orthopedics: 44 percent
Nephrology: 43 percent
Surgery: 43 percent

Nearly 22,000 physicians responded to the survey.

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