Five areas of the highest physician pay in the US revealed
Established medical social network Doximity has released new figures, drawn from its self-reported compensation surveys in 2016-2017, incorporating responses from over 65,000 full time, licensed US physicians across the US. Responses have been mapped across such areas.
Its second annual Physician Compensation Report, has produced a number of interesting findings surrounding the ongoing demand for physicians in the country. Whilst there has been a 4% wage increase nationally from 2016-2017, compensation has differed as a result of area, gender and medical speciality.
The five areas with the highest annual salary in 2017 have been found to be Charlotte, N.C ($402,773); Milwaukee ($398,431); Jacksonville ($379,820); Indianapolis ($378,011); and San Jose, California. ($376,585).
Those that scored lowest were Durham, N.C. ($282,035); Ann Arbor, Michigan. ($302,692); Baltimore ($304,002); New Haven, Connecticut. ($308,262); and Rochester, New York ($312,503).
However, the five medical specialties with the highest average annual salary are as follows: neurosurgery ($662,755); thoracic surgery ($602,745); orthopaedic surgery ($537,568); vascular surgery ($476,300); and plastic surgery ($473,212).
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Interestingly, whilst the national gender pay gap for physicians in 2016 was 26.5%, where female doctors earnt $91,284 less, this gap has widened at 27.7% ($105,000). There is also no current specialty where female doctors earn more than their male counterparts across all top 50 metro areas surveyed.
Last year, medical specialties with the largest gender wage gaps were: haematology (20% difference at $78,753); occupational medicine (20%); urology (20%); orthopaedic surgery (19%); and gastroenterology (19%).
Metro areas with the largest increase in gender wage gaps were Charleston, (8.6% increase); Ann Arbor, Michigan (8.2% increase); Riverside, California. (8.0% increase); Providence, Rhode Island (6.4% increase); and Indianapolis (6.1% increase).
In 2017, the metro areas with the largest gender wage gaps across the country were Charleston, where female physicians earnt 37% less ($134,999), Kansas City (32% equalling $131,996), Nashville (32%, so $118,706 less), Providence, Rhode Island (31% - $108,796 less); and Riverside, California, (31% or $115,991 less).
“All health care stakeholders should be aware of the differences in compensation for men and women across the country,” said Christopher Whaley, Ph.D., the report’s lead author and adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
“Compensation inequity can directly affect where and what physicians choose to practice, which could ultimately affect patient access.”
COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
A new app has launched today to support UK hospital staff who have been redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients.
The Acute COVID app has been co-developed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+, along with health tech company Imagineear Health.
It provides information to healthcare staff via a step-by-step guide, aimed at both doctors and nurses. This includes the different stages of COVID-19 so they have guidance around triage at A&E, hospital admission, in-hospital treatments, and advanced care management.
The app also provides training on non-invasive ventilation. In the first wave of the pandemic the numbers of patients needing this type of ventilation led to staff who would not normally administer this to patients having to do so.
Additionally the app signposts staff to where they can access mental and physical wellbeing support, acknowledging the levels of staff burnout, particularly among frontline staff, the pandemic has created.
The launch of the app comes on the same day England lifts its COVID-19 restrictions, labelled "freedom day" by some. However infection rates have soared in recent weeks and the move has been fiercely opposed by scientists and doctors, both in the UK and abroad.
In a letter published in medical journal The Lancet backed by 1,200 international scientists, experts called the unlocking "a threat to the world", as allowing infection rates to rise enables the virus to mutate and potentially become resistant to the vaccination.
At the weekend the newly appointed health secretary Sajid Javid announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, and both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating.
Meanwhile in the first week of July more than 500,000 alerts were issued by the NHS Covid-19 app telling people they had been exposed to the virus. As a result businesses are considering cutting their opening hours while staff are self-isolating at home. The government has issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working even if they've come into contact with someone with COVID-19.