Ridiculous Study of the Week: Retirement Plans

I get a lot of medically related material sent my way but it was a down week so I happened to open up an MDLinx link.  I wish I hadn’t.  The title of the piece was Retirement plans vary by physician specialty, according to MDLinx survey results where they broke down survey responses by specialty, “to get a clearer picture of the various groups of physicians and their plans and reasons for retirement”. Interesting, I thought, until I looked at the results.  They got information from 8 dermatologists, 7 oncologists, 15 ophthalmologists, 32 pediatricians, 21 Ob-Gyns, 4 pulmonologists, 3 GI docs, 4 allergists, 8 nephrologists, 7 rheumatologists and 1 partridge in a pear tree.

Really?  How could this survey mean anything with these few respondents?  I can basically get the same amount of replies by going to a hospital staff meeting.  I’m kidding.  I would never go to a hospital staff meeting, but you get my point.  For this reason, MDLinx wins the award for the Ridiculous Study of the Week.  Congrats.  Now I will never open up another one of their emails.

Sorry to waste your time.

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