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Why Do Urologists Have Such a Stressful Job?

"As independent urologists, we're trusted to counsel, diagnose and treat patients in medical situations that are incredibly personal and sometimes frightening."

Urologists have the most stressful job in the U.S. 

That’s according to a new analysis from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network, known as known as O*NET, which analyzed 873 of the most stressful occupations.    

Why is a urologist’s job so stressful? Rapid changes in the field, a growing shortage of urologists, and the global pandemic are just some of the reasons, according to urology interest groups such as the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA).

Delays in patient care caused by the pandemic have created a growing demand for appointments, leading to longer-than-usual wait times for patients, urologists say.

"As independent urologists, we're trusted to counsel, diagnose and treat patients in medical situations that are incredibly personal and sometimes frightening," said Dr. Evan R. Goldfischer, president of LUGPA, in a press release.

In addition to a desire for increased patient care, a growing number of older urologists are also retiring.

In a study published by the JAMA Network Open, researchers created models showing a decrease in the number of urologists in the U.S. between 2020 and 2060, LUPGA told Urology Times.

In addition to a physician shortage, urologists also face financial challenges due to rising inflation combined with an impending payment reduction of 4.5 percent in the Medical Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).

Other healthcare jobs that are considered particularly stressful include anesthesiologist assistants, acute care nurses, obstetricians and gynecologists, and nurse anesthetists, according to O*NET.

 

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