Workforce Characteristics in Urology

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Abstract

Introduction:

In this study we holistically describe and characterize the current state of urology practice by evaluating compensation, workload and practice factors as they relate to our demographic makeup as a specialty.

Methods:

We collaborated with the American Urological Association to query its domestic membership of practicing urologists regarding socioeconomic, workforce and quality of life issues. The survey consisted of 26 questions and took approximately 13 minutes to complete. A total of 733 responders had complete data for the factors statistically analyzed in the study.

Results:

Mean yearly compensation for urologists surveyed was $404,755 and median compensation was $380,000 (IQR $300,000–480,000). Female respondents had a significantly lower median yearly compensation vs males ($318,422 vs $400,000) on univariate and multivariate analysis. Respondents reported a median of 60 work hours per week (IQR 50–60) and the median number of call days per month was 7 (IQR 5–10). Of the respondents 62% indicated that they use advanced practice providers in their practice. In addition, 30% reported employed status, 49% reported self-employed status and 21% reported academic status. Overall 20% of respondents plan to retire within 5 years and 40% within 10 years.

Conclusions:

Higher income was associated with greater job satisfaction and hourly wage appeared to decrease at increased work hours per week. Several workplace and demographic factors drive compensation, number of hours worked per week, number of call days per month and job satisfaction.

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