Results of Survey of Current and Former PHS Physicians and Dentists

HRD-77-13: Published: Nov 8, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1976.

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A survey of Public Health Service (PHS) physicians and dentists was conducted concerning employee satisfaction and job intentions and of former employees to determine why they left PHS.

About 79 percent of PHS commissioned corps respondents expressed satisfaction with their present salary; 19 percent were highly satisfied. About 88 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the benefits provided. Forty six percent of the respondents indicated that they planned to continue their career with PHS and 34 percent did not. More than 75 percent who planned to remain in PHS indicated that they would not have stayed without special pay. None of the general schedule (GS) physicians and dentists was highly satisfied with the present salary. Sixty five percent of the GS personnel planned to continue with PHS and 17 percent planned to leave. Reasons most frequently cited for leaving PHS were: job characteristics, salary and benefits, job assignment locations, and better opportunities elsewhere. Characteristics of job assignment and organization were major factors in rejecting PHS employment.

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