2016 Year in Review Survey

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Jul 31, 2016 1:02:44 PM

Every year, we survey medical students and doctors about their experiences in school, studying, and working. Our goal is to learn what helps medical students and doctors be successful, how they’re feeling about their vocation and, more broadly, about life in medicine. We’re excited to announce that we’ve just opened our 2016 survey.

Last year over 1200 students and doctors participated in this survey. Here are some things that we learned.

Debt is an issue.

For medical graduates, over 40% of doctors have more than $100,000 in debt; 20% have more than $300,000:


Current medical students project their total debt to be even higher. 62% of students surveyed expected to have over $100,000 in debt upon graduation:


Some resources are clearly better than others.

We also asked students and doctors who had taken the Step 1, and scored better than 230, what tools they used to prepare for their Step 1:


Students like their coffee.

And we covered some less-serious ground. Current students are mostly pretty moderate in their caffeine consumption (except that one student, drinking 40 cups of a coffee a day)…


And are pretty patriotic.


Now it’s time for the 2016 Year in Review Survey. If you participated in 2015, you can still take the survey again - we’re looking to see how responses evolve over time. It’s about 25 questions and all participants will receive a summary of survey results. We’re also offering survey-takers a choice: and a free month of Firecracker for themselves, a free month of Firecracker for a friend, or a donation to Watsi

Take the Survey

Any questions? Hit me up at emily@firecracker.me

Topics: Medical Education, Life Outside Medicine, Survey

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