Residency

News and briefs: Study says more than half of residents have short stay in first job

Residency Program Insider, July 17, 2012

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Research conducted by a nationwide healthcare recruiting firm concludes that residents are more likely to leave than stay after five years on the job. The study of 500 physicians found that more than half left their first job following residency by the five-year mark, according to a Wall Street Journal MarketWatch article. More than half of those physicians left in the first two years. The study also shows that female physicians are more likely to leave than male physicians, according to the article.


The top reason for leaving was location. Recruiting firm representatives say residents who become physicians should consider quality of practice their top priority and become more flexible about location.
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