What do Final-year Medical Residents Want in 2021?

Grace Halsey

Most 2021 final-year medical residents want to work in hospital settings, none want to work in rural areas, and male residents expect to earn more than $250 000 in their first practice.

According to results from the Merritt Hawkins 2021 Survey of Final-year Medical Residents, most ready to enter the health care work force have no interest in starting a solo practice, preferring a hospital setting to the potential headaches of running a business.

Very few are interested in working in rural areas and most are more concerned about earning potential and leisure time than about COVID-19 health risks in their first setting.

Surveys were emailed to residents in March, results compiled in April, and the complete report released in May, 2021. (Please see the full report for methodology.)