Work Satisfaction and Career Aspirations of Internists Working in Teaching Hospital Group Practices

Published In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, v. 1, no. 2, Mar./Apr. 1986, p. 104-108

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1986

by Lawrence S. Linn, Robert H. Brook, Virginia Clark, Allyson Ross Davies, Arlene Fink, Jacqueline Kosecoff, Pam Salisbury

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This paper presents data on the characteristics, work activities, job-related stress, work satisfaction, and career aspirations of 150 faculty and 595 housestaff physicians who regularly provide continuous primary care in 15 teaching hospital-based group practices. The faculty were young, board-certified generalists; they had been recruited from local training programs and spent the majority of their time seeing patients and supervising housestaff. Job satisfaction among faculty and housestaff was generally high. Dissatisfaction occurred most often with aspects of work over which physicians had little control. Although work-related stress was common, it was not related to job satisfaction. Compared with housestaff in traditional residency programs, housestaff enrolled in special Primary Care Training Programs reported significantly greater job satisfaction. For all housestaff, satisfaction with work in the group practice was consistently associated with decreased interest in subspecialty training.

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