Practice patterns satisfaction and demographics of reproductive endocrinologists Results of the 2104 Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Workforce Survey

Capsule:
Members of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and Infertility have a focused practice, sense a change in scope of practice, envision minimal growth, and have very high professional satisfaction.

Authors:
Kurt T. Barnhart, M.D., M.S.C.E., Steven T. Nakajima, M.D., Elizabeth Puscheck, M.D., Thomas M. Price, M.D., Valerie L. Baker, M.D., James Segars, M.D.

Volume 105, Issue 5, Pages 1281-1286

Abstract:

Objective:
To identify the current and future state of the practice of reproductive medicine.

Design:
Cross-sectional survey.

Setting:
Not applicable.

Patient(s):
None.

Intervention(s):
Not applicable.

Main Outcome Measure(s):
The survey included 57 questions designed to assess practice patterns/metrics and professional satisfaction and morale.

Result(s):
A total of 336/1,100 (31%) responded, and they were 38% women, 61% men, and 76% Caucasian, with a mean age of 54. Respondents averaged 2.3 jobs and averaged 53 hours of work per week: 44% work in academia and 50% in private groups. Average practice size was 5.5, with an average of 470 fresh IVF cycles performed per year. Percent effort included 63% infertility, 10% endocrinology, 10% surgery, and 9% research. Respondents performed an average of 13 major surgeries, 69 minor surgeries, and 128 oocyte retrievals per year. A total of 60% were salaried, and 40% were equity partners. Compensation was highly skewed. Greater than 84% had a positive morale and had a positive view of the future, and 92% would again choose REI as a career. The most satisfying areas of employment were patient interactions, intellectual stimulation, interactions with colleagues, and work schedule. The least satisfying areas were work schedule and financial compensation. Training was felt to be too focused on female factor infertility and basic research with insufficient training on embryology, genetics, male factor infertility, and clinical research. In the next 5 years, 57% suggested that the need for specialists would stay the same, while 20% predicted a decrease. A total of 58% felt we are training the correct number of fellows (37% felt we are training a surplus). Compared with academia, those in private practice reported higher compensation, less major surgery, more IVF, less endocrinology, and less research. Men worked more hours, conducted more surgery and IVF cycles, and had higher compensation than women. Morale was similar across age, gender, practice type, and geography.

Conclusion(s):
Our subspecialty has an extremely high morale. We are a middle-aged subspecialty with disparate compensation and a focused practice. Some respondents sense a need for a change in our training, and most anticipate only mild growth in our field.

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