The Economic Environment of Resident Physicians

Douglas E. Hough, Gloria J. Bazzoli

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We examined the financial, working, and educational environment of resident physicians, using mail surveys of residents conducted in 1979 and 1983. Variables examined include annual residency salary, fringe benefits, educational debt, moonlighting income, hours and types of work, and perceived problems with the residency programs. Three conclusions are drawn from the surveys. First, the rapid increases in resident salaries prevalent in the late 1960s and early 1970s have been replaced by more modest advances. Second, resident physicians are not indicating great concern about their current financial status. Third, resident physicians work long hours, but teaching hospitals have not increased their use of residents. These findings illustrate the dual nature of residency training: residents are both students and employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1758-1762
Number of pages5
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 22 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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