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Medscape’s Physician Compensation Report determined the overall satisfaction level of 22 specialties. Overall satisfaction was ranked by averaging responses to questions about compensation and career and specialty choice. Radiologists came in second as a group in overall satisfaction (72 percent).

John A. Patti, M.D., FACR, radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and chairman of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors, has been practicing for 36 years. He’s not surprised that his specialty ranked so high among physician satisfaction. “You’re at the center of everything,” he says. “There’s very little diagnosis that occurs today without the use of imaging. That makes you able to interact with a wide range of physicians and a wide range of patients.”

Radiologists tied with orthopaedic surgeons for the highest median annual income in the report, which might add to the group’s happiness quotient. (practicelink.com)

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