About 9% of family practice residents are going to become hospitalists and that number is growing by the year. A recent survey also found:
These physicians said they worked longer hours, made more money and experienced greater job satisfaction than their non-hospitalist peers.
Surveys are not perfect but this trend has been going on for a while. It bothers me because we lose good family docs for the money. But this study never pulled out DPC docs who can make as much money, work less hours, and have more job satisfaction than any of them. Oh, and they don’t have to do night shift work under fluorescent blue lights. The last part has it own deleterious effects that wears these docs down over time.
There is hope for family docs to stay in the office and fulfill their dream. It’s called direct primary care.