World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 1293–1294 | Cite as

The Physician Attrition Crisis: A Cross-Sectional Survey of the Risk Factors for Reduced Job Satisfaction among US Surgeons

  • Samir Johna
Invited Commentary

There is no denying. Physicians’ concerns about how they are forced to practice medicine today [1] no longer are falling on deaf ears. Leaders in healthcare delivery are now aware of the challenges ahead if they were to maintain a healthy workforce.

As we know, the focus of healthcare today is placed on quality of care, service and access, as well as affordability to the communities the physicians serve. These goals are not always matched with the needed resources. Often, the decisions to address the “internal” and “external” forces of change reshaping the delivery of healthcare are reactive in nature rather than proactive.

The outcome has been a slew of unintended consequences. To name a few, job dissatisfaction, hampered wellness, and burnout, all of which may translate into physicians’ attrition and a looming shortage in almost every specialty.

In this issue of the World Journal of Surgery, Jackson et al. [2] have been able to shed some light on the factors leading to job...


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    Jackson T, Pearcy C, Khorgami Z et al (2017) The physician attrition crisis: a cross-sectional survey of the risk factors for reduced job satisfaction among US surgeons. World J Surg.
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    Friedberg MW, Chen PG, Van Busum KR et al (2013) Factors affecting physician professional satisfaction and their implications for patient care, health systems, and health policy, Santa Monica, California: RAND Corporation, RR-439-AMA. Accessed 8 Oct 2017

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loma Linda University School of Medicine, SCPMGInland EmpireUSA

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