Lifestyle concerns hit cardiothroacic surgery

The wussification of today’s medical students has repercussions:

Dr. Reed said the specialty is simply less appealing to today’s medical graduates. “It’s long hours and a difficult job,” he said.

He said it was becoming more difficult precisely because of the inroads made by interventional cardiologists and other specialties. The cases they treat are what would have been the simpler surgeries. The surgical caseload now tends to be more complicated and carry the most risk, he said.

Medical graduates are aware of that, and “they don’t want that stress,” Dr. Reed said.