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Which Doctors Are Happiest? Healthiest?

Medscape Poll: What Doctors Are Like When the White Coat Comes Off

Where Doctors Go on Vacation

When it's vacation time, both male and female doctors like to go to faraway places. Foreign travel is among the top 10 vacation plans for 50% of male doctors and 57% of female doctors.

Second on the top 10 list is a beach vacation for 48% of male docs and 54% of female docs.

For men, road trips (23%), visiting a vacation home (20%), cruises (19%), camping/hiking (18%), cultural trips (museums, theatre, etc., 17%), luxury spas/hotels (16%), winter sports trips (15%), and adventure outings (15%) round out the list.

For female physicians it's luxury spas/hotels (23%), road trips (22%), cultural trips (22%), vacation home (21%), camping/hiking (20%), cruises (17.5%), adventure (14%), and winter sports trips (13%).

What Doctors Do for Fun

It's not just golf. Doctors list a wide range of things they do when the sign on the office door says "closed."

Top five pastimes:

  1. Exercise/physical activity (69% of men, 63% of women)
  2. Reading (59% of men, 71% of women)
  3. Travel (55.6% of men, 63% of women)
  4. Cultural events (41% of men, 53% of women)
  5. Food and wine (41% of men, 49% of women)

But it's easy on the wine for most doctors. In fact, it's no wine at all -- or any other alcoholic beverage -- for 27% of male doctors and for 35% of female doctors.

Just over half of doctors limit their alcohol intake to less than one drink a day. Only 3% of male doctors and 1% of female doctors say they drink two or more drinks a day.

Volunteer Work

Time off work doesn't always mean fun. Two-thirds of doctors do volunteer work.

Much of this volunteering means putting the white coat back on and offering free medical services in local areas. Working with religious organizations and tutoring/counseling are also popular volunteer work for doctors.

Not All Doctors Born in the U.S.

Just over two-thirds of doctors were born in the U.S. Nearly 20% came to the U.S. as an adult, while about 8% were born abroad but came to the U.S. as children.

Doctors' Favorite Cars

When the white coat is on the peg and doctors are heading home, what kind of car will they drive?

Here are the top 10 doctor-mobiles (and the percentage of doctors who drive them):

  1. Toyota (17%)
  2. Honda (15%)
  3. Lexus (8%)
  4. BMW (7%)
  5. Mercedes (5%)
  6. Ford (5%)
  7. Nissan (4%)
  8. Chevrolet (4%)
  9. Subaru (3.5%)
  10.  Audi (3%)

Two percent of doctors say they don't own a car.

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