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News and briefs: Survey says residents prefer four-day work weeks in big cities

Residency Program Insider, September 25, 2012

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The physician shortage dilemma makes recruiting young physicians more competitive than ever for healthcare institutions. The biggest “work schedule factor” for current residents and fellows for considering an institution is the flexibility of a four-day workweek, according to a survey of residents and fellows completed by a physician placement firm.

Half of the 750 survey respondents indicated that an institution with four-day workweeks was “important” or “very important.” Additionally, 52% stated their first choice was to work in a metropolitan area, compared to 44% in the suburbs and 7% in a rural community, according to study data published in a recent American Medical News article.

About 47%, however, stated they would trade their preferred type of location for a more flexible schedule.

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