Where Do Medical Residents Hope to Practice? 10 Findings From Merritt Hawkins

Hospital leaders are looking to physicians to help anchor their organizations under healthcare reform. Here are 10 statistics from Merritt Hawkins' 2011 Survey of Final Year Residents, which indicate where medical residents are hoping to practice in the next few years.

• 32 percent of residents said they would prefer to be employed by a hospital than any other setting.

• Only 1 percent of residents said they would prefer a solo setting as their first practice.

• One-half of residents (48 percent) said they are unprepared to handle the business side of medicine. Only 9 percent of residents felt they were "very prepared."

• 56 percent of residents said they received no formal instruction during medical training around medical business issues such as contracts, compensation arrangements and reimbursement methods.

• Residents identified "geographic location," "personal time" and "lifestyle" as their most important considerations when evaluating a medical practice opportunity.

• Residents identified "availability of free time" as their greatest concern as they consider entering their first medical practice.

• The majority of residents (94 percent) would prefer to practice in communities of 50,000 people or more.

• Only 9 percent of residents said they wanted to practice in communities of 50,000 or less.

• The majority of residents (72 percent) expect to make $176,000 or more in their first practice.


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