Career and parenting satisfaction among medical students, residents and physician teachers at a Canadian medical school

 

Appendix 1: Primary domains and statements in a survey instrument to determine career and parenting satisfaction among medical students, residents and physician teachers at a Canadian medical school
Parenting not recommended
(0 = strongly agree, 4 = strongly disagree)
Recommend having children to physicians about to embark on a career like my own
Parenting dissatisfaction10*
(0 = strongly agree, 4 = strongly disagree)
Satisfied with the flexibility of my schedule to allow me to meet my children's needs
Satisfied with the amount of time I devote to my children's activitiesSatisfied with the amount of time I spend in my children's school activities
Career dissatisfaction7
(0 = strongly agree, 4 = strongly disagree)
If I had to do it again, I would choose the same career
I am treated as an equal by my peers
I am happy with my decision to become a physician
I am satisfied with my expected/current income medical career is rewarding

(0 = strongly disagree, 4 = strongly agree)
Physicians are prone to mental fatigue because of the nature of their career
Depression is more prevalent among physicians than in the general population
The medicolegal environment and malpractice litigation contribute to less effective care rendered to patients

Technological advancements contribute to physicians losing their "healing touch"
Lack of sufficient time to spend with patients contributes to the patient loosing faith in their physician College program flexibility
(0 = very unlikely, 4 = very likely)
Flexibility within the program to accommodate special needs because of family obligations is likely to have a favourable impact
Job dissatisfaction6
(0 = very satisfied, 4 = very dissatisfied)
Your contact with your specific peer group
Your relationship with nonphysician health care professionals
The degree to which your work is intellectually stimulating
The help from the college that is available to you
The diversity of patients you see
Your ability to derive personal gratification from patient care
Your ability to remain knowledgeable and current
Your ability to meet the needs and demands of patients
Your role in making organizational and administrative decisions
The degree of status and prestige associated with your work

Cronbach = *0.86, †0.65 or ‡0.76.