Vick Publishes Study on Female Physician Career Satisfaction

Posted on 4/6/2017 1:20:07 PM

Brandon Vick, assistant professor of Economics, recently published an article titled “Gender differences in career dissatisfaction among Pennsylvanian physicians” in the Journal of Hospital Administration, Vol. 6(2).

The physician workforce is quickly changing from one that was once male dominated to one that is more gender equal. The relationship between being female and physician career satisfaction is unclear despite a large body of research on the subject. The research analyzed the relationship between gender, career dissatisfaction, and plans to leave patient care. 

Female physicians have 12 percent lower odds than males of reporting career dissatisfaction, but no statistically significant difference in plans to leave patient care. Practicing in a hospital setting and in a rural county is associated with higher odds of dissatisfaction among male physicians, but lower dissatisfaction among female physicians. Although female physicians own their practice at much lower rates, female owners have much lower odds of planning to leave patient care. Factors associated with career dissatisfaction and plans to leave patient care affect male and female physicians differently, across race, rural practice, specialty, and practice ownership. Policy and research related to physician retention and quality of care should consider the interaction between gender and these factors in the future.

This research was funded by a 2013 grant from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Vick is serving as a MARTI research associate through his membership to the interdisciplinary Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

Department of Economics