How Do You Feel About the State of Medicine?
By David Doolittle


Two years ago, more than half of U.S. physicians rated their morale as somewhat or very negative, and almost half said they often or always feel burnt out. Eighty percent said they were overextended or at capacity, and 72 percent said external factors such as third-party authorizations significantly detract from the quality of care they are able to provide.

Those alarming figures were among some of the insights gained from the Physicians Foundation’s 2016 Survey of Americas Physicians.

Has anything changed? The 2018 survey, which is currently under way, is your chance to report back.

The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit grant-making organization, conducts the survey every two years to better understand the morale, career plans, and practice realities of today's physicians.

The 34-question survey asks for your thoughts on issues such as telemedicine, the opioid crisis, value-based compensation, maintenance of certification, electronic health records, and the future of medicine.

The 2016 survey reflected the ever-changing medical landscape, including the expansion of health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and an ongoing physician shortage.

According to that survey of more than 17,000 physicians:


  • 37 percent described their feelings about the future of the medical profession as positive;
  • 48 percent planned to cut-back on hours, retire, take a non-clinical job, switch to “concierge” medicine, or take other steps limiting patient access to their practices; and
  • 71 percent described “patient relationships” as the most satisfying aspect of medical practice, while 58 percent said “regulatory/paperwork burdens” was least satisfying.


Make your voice and opinion on the state and future of medicine heard by participating in the 2018 survey today.

If you take the survey, you’ll be entered to win one of five $500 Amazon gift cards and one $5,000 Amazon gift card. In addition, the Physicians Foundation will contribute $5,000 to the state medical society that generates the most survey responses, and $5,000 to the society that generates the most per-capita. (And you definitely want the Texas Medical Association to win that prize, don’t you?)

Check your email for the survey, which will be delivered through May, or take the survey online now.

Last Updated On

April 23, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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