Job satisfaction among program directors in obstetrics and gynecology: A national portrait

Manju Monga, Nora M. Doyle, Dianna Campbell, Pamela A. Promecene, Karen M. Schneider

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OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine job satisfaction among program directors in obstetrics and gynecology with the use of a validated tool and to identify specific sources of dissatisfaction that might lead to job change. STUDY DESIGN: The program director satisfaction and a global job satisfaction survey were sent to all program directors in the United States. Motivators for seeking a job change were assessed. The χ 2 test, Kruskal-Wallis test, correlation analysis, and multiple linear regression were used. RESULTS: Seventy percent of 254 surveys were completed. Global job satisfaction (minimum, 4; maximum, 16) was 11.9 ± 2.9; mean program director satisfaction score was 135 ± 25.8 (minimum, 54; maximum, 200). Job satisfaction was highest in chairs, full professors, those whose age was >50 years, and those with >5 years of experience (P = .02) and in facets that were related to work with residents, colleagues, and patients. Dissatisfaction was highest with regard to salary, promotion opportunities, and resources. Forty-six percent of those who responded were considering a job change in 3 years; the most common reason for a job change that was cited was administrative hassles. CONCLUSION: Although job satisfaction is high among program directors, administrative hassles may lead to high rate of rapid turnover.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-630
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Program director
  • job satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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