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Endocrinologists on Average Earn Almost $200,000 a Year

Thursday May 29, 2014
Medscape has published the results of a 2013 compensation survey of endocrinologists. The full slide show can be viewed online, but here is a summary of the key findings.
  • The median income of endocrinologists rose in 2012, to a median level of $178,000.
  • Interestingly, endocrinologists earn less than many other specialists. (The highest earning specialties? Orthopedics, cardiology, and radiology.)
  • About 9% of endocrinologists earn $300,000 or more
  • About 17% of endocrinologists earn $100,000 or less.
  • There is a disparity between the income earned by male and female endocrinologists. Typical median income for men is $183,000 and for women, $172,000.
  • More than half the endocrinologists surveyed (58%) did not feel they were "fairly compensated." (This may be in party why we are suffering a severe shortage of endocrinologists.)
  • Nearly one in three endocrinologists have said that they will drop insurance programs that "pay poorly" or who are "creating the most denials and problems."
  • Some 35% of endocrinologists spend 30-40 hours per week seeing patients.
    • 23% - Less than 30 hours
    • 17% - 41- to 45-hours
    • 10% - 46-50 hours
    • 5% - 51-55 hours
    • 7% - 56+ hours a week
  • Almost a third of endocrinologists see from 50-75 patients per week.
    • 19% see 25-49 patients per week.
    • 18% see 76-99 patients per week
    • 13% see 100-124 patients per week
  • The typical patient visit was 13-16 minutes -- reported by 27% of endocrinologists
    • 1% - less than 9 minutes
    • 10% - 9-12 minutes
    • 23% - 17-20 minutes
    • 16% - 21-24 minutes
    • 23% - 25 minutes or more
Source: Medscape Slide Show

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Why Is It So Difficult To See an Endocrinologist?

Thursday May 29, 2014
We are facing an unprecedented shortage of endocrinologists, a situation that is actually getting worse in recent years, as endocrinologists retire, and not enough new physicians take their place. Find out more about the extent of the problem, and what it means for thyroid patients in The Shortage of Endocrinologists and Its Impact on Thyroid Patients.

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Is Thyroid Diagnosis and Treatment Sexist?

Monday May 19, 2014
I think it is.

After two decades as a thyroid patient advocate, it's become evident to me that sexism is unfortunately far too common in the thyroid world. It's all over the place -- in doctor's offices, in journal articles, and on social media. It's an effort to degrade, demean, dehumanize, and otherwise dismiss women with thyroid disease. And patients pay the price with the reduced quality of life that comes with inferior medical care.

Learn more about the sexism we are facing as women with thyroid disease.

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Stop Making These 9 Thyroid Mistakes

Monday May 12, 2014
For most thyroid patients, having thyroid disease is a lifetime, chronic health condition that can often be challenging. As patients, we do our best to be informed, and take actions that help improve our health, but with so much to learn -- and sometimes limited information from health professionals -- it's easy to get off track in various ways. Are you a thyroid patient making decisions that interfere with your treatment, health, and quality of life? It's time to get back on track.

Learn about these nine thyroid mistakes that you may be making.

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The Thyroid Myths Continue: Huffington Post Article Perpetuates Common Misinformation About Hypothyroidism

Monday May 5, 2014
In a May 1, 2014 article in the Huffington Post, Richard S. Haber, MD, a New York based endocrinologist from Mount Sinai, perpetuates a number of common misconceptions and myths about hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid. Given the Huffington Post's wide readership, and the general lack of public and media understanding of hypothyroidism, I felt it was important to address the misinformation in the article point by point. Read my rebuttal now.

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Is Thyroid Disease Really So "Easy to Diagnose, Easy to Treat?"

Monday May 5, 2014
The medical establishment does a disservice to thyroid patients. By seriously downplaying the complexities of thyroid disease diagnosis and treatment, and the difficulties many patients encounter in living with the hypothyroidism -- some doctors and media are propagating old ways of thinking that obstruct thyroid patients' path to wellness by continuing to spread the myth that thyroid disease is easy to diagnose, and easy to treat.

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Study Shows Adding T3 is Superior to Levothyroxine for Treating Underactive Thyroid

Monday May 5, 2014
A groundbreaking study, first reported on in the European Journal of Endocrinology, looked at the controversial issue of treatment with synthetic T3 as a supplement to T4-only (levothyroxine) therapy for hypothyroidism. What did they find? The combination of T4/T3 is superior to T4 only/levothyroxine treatment for hypothyroidism. Read about the study now.

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20 Signs That You're a Thyroid Patient

Monday April 28, 2014
Do you know what TPO, TSH and MTHFR mean? Can you calculate the mid-point or 75th percentile of normal on a blood test range? Gone gluten-free? Over time, there seem to be a number of things thyroid patients have in common, and even some truly tell-tale signs.

So take a look and see if you can relate to some -- or even all -- of the following "20 Signs That You're a Thyroid Patient!"

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Are You a Thyroid Geek?

Monday April 28, 2014
I read back issues of the journal Thyroid...for fun! I get Google Alerts on about 30 different thyroid-related terms. I own my own copy of the popular thyroid reference book, Werner & Ingbar's The Thyroid...all ten pounds of it! If a supermarket checkout magazine mentions "thyroid" on the cover -- even if it's a ridiculous headline like "Oprah's Thyroid Cured by Hawaiian Vacation!" -- well, a copy's going in my cart. When a new study comes out with a title like "Amiodarone-Induced Thyrotoxicosis: Possible Histopathological Basis," I can't wait to read it. I even love the "goiter" episode on Seinfeld! So yes: I am a thyroid geek. So...are you? Here are some signs that you, too, are a thyroid geek!

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Travel Tips for Thyroid Patients

Monday April 21, 2014
Are you traveling this spring? Spring break? Vacationing? Business trips? Jumping on a plane? Taking a cruise? Road-tripping? No matter how or why you're traveling, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure that, as a thyroid patient, you have a healthy, enjoyable trip.

I've put together this list of travel tips -- and a few warnings and "don'ts" -- for example: Why you should never drink the coffee on an airplane!

Read Travel Tips for Thyroid Patients now.

And please let me know in the comments if you have other hints or ideas that have worked for you!

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