Physicians' top 10 considerations for new job opportunities

Proximity to loved ones is the No. 1 consideration of physicians who are considering new job opportunities, according to an exclusive Becker's Healthcare survey.

The survey, conducted by physician engagement platform Quantia, included responses from 215 physicians between June and August.

Physicians' top 10 considerations when assessing new job opportunities, according to the survey, include:

  • Proximity to family, friends or loved ones — 26.1 percent
  • Location of organization (i.e., in a certain part of the country, or a certain city) — 24.6 percent of respondents selected this as their top consideration
  • Compensations relative to cost of living — 16.7 percent
  • Total compensation — 13.0 percent
  • Reputation of the hospital, practice or program — 5.12 percent
  • Type/Size of community (i.e., urban, rural, suburban, etc.) — 4.7 percent
  • Part-time potential — 4.7 percent
  • Number of hours on-call — 2.8 percent
  • Paid time off — 1.4 percent
  • Loan repayment — 0.9 percent

Physicians were also asked which of the following would be most likely to sway a job decision, if they were torn between too opportunities. These included:

  • Fewer call hours —35.4 percent
  • More vacation — 29.3 percent
  • Cash signing bonus — 15.4 percent
  • More opportunity for incentive payments (e.g., for volume, patient satisfaction, other measures) — 2.3 percent


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