Dermatologists Are Happiest Specialists in Physician Lifestyle Report

Feb 4, 2014, 9:32 AM

In a survey of more than 31,000 U.S. physicians for Medscape’s 2014 Physician Lifestyle Report, dermatologists emerged as the specialists who are happiest both at home and at work. Seventy percent of dermatologists said they are very to extremely happy at home, slightly behind ophthalmologists. But at 53 percent, dermatologists topped the list by a considerable margin in reporting a high level of happiness at work.

Among the least happy specialists are family and emergency medicine physicians, with only 36 percent reporting great happiness at work, followed at 37 percent by internists and radiologists.

This is the third year the website Medscape has published its Physician Lifestyle Report, which covers the results of Medscape’s annual survey of U.S. physicians across 25 specialties. The survey is designed to provide insight into physicians’ lives, including their spiritual and political beliefs, general health, marital status, perception of their savings, and levels of happiness.

Read the 2014 Physician Lifestyle Report and Medscape’s analysis of it.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.