There is a new and interesting 34-slide data set on the Medscape web site this morning that deals with what current medical residents think about the long process of actually “becoming a doctor” — including everything from salary levels while in residency programs to relationships with the nurses and the other doctors in the institutions where they are in training.

You do have to be a member of Medscape to be able to review this slide deck, so for those who don’t want to take that step, here are some of the highlights:

  • Medical resident’s salaries range between about $50,000 and $70,000 a year depending on where you are in residency, what your speciality is, and how long you have been in the residency program.
  • 84% of all the medical residents surveyed were still “looking forward to becoming a doctor”.
  • 68% of residents have medical school debt (exclusive of any other debt) of $50,000 or more, and 37% of residents have medical school debt of > $200,000.
  • 79% of residents in this survey spent over 40 hours per week seeing patients (but for 38% of residents it climbed to 60+ hours per week).
  • Resident’s perceptions about their relationships with other doctors, nurses, and physician assistants in the institutions where they were working are best described as “diverse”!

The survey was based on data from 1,745 female and male medical residents enrolled at 24 accredited medical residency programs across the USA between May 14, and June 22 this year.


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