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Result Summary for Survey:Thoracic Portal Survey - VATS Lobectomy Training and Instruction

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Job Satisfaction Survey Assessment

This survey was designed to evaluate the effects of increasing clinical workload, growing pressures for documentation and other paperwork, and decreasing income on a variety of aspects related to job satisfaction.  The components of professional activity were scored by 250 respondents using a range of responses from 1 (very dissatisfied) through 5 (very satisfied), with a score of 3 representing neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.  There were 231 men and 16 women who participated, and 3 respondents did not provide information regarding their sex.  108 participants were aged 41-50, 85 were aged 30-40, 45 were aged 51-60, and 11 were older than 60.  152 respondents were from North America, 55 were working in Europe, 24 practiced in Asia, and 19 worked elsewhere.

Overall, feelings regarding autonomy in the workplace, career choice, and subspecialty choice were rated neutral or positive, whereas personal time, income, and administrative duties were regarded with dissatisfaction.  There did not appear to be any differences among age groups with regard to their satisfaction ratings.

Figure 1

Women were somewhat more positive towards career aspects including autonomy, career choice, and subspecialty choice.  However, the relatively small number of women who participated in the study may have skewed the results somewhat.

Figure 2

Satisfaction with autonomy, career choice, and subspecialty choice appeared to be somewhat higher among Asian surgeons and those from regions outside of North America and Europe.  Respondents from Europe tended to feel the most dissatisfaction with personal time, income, and administrative duties compared to participants from the other geographic regions.

Figure 3

Overall, satisfaction was good for career choice and subspecialty choice, but the survey identified several areas of dissatisfaction, including personal time, income, and administrative responsibilities, that detract from overall satisfaction.  To achieve greater job satisfaction, these specific areas could be targeted for attention.




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