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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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]