Physician Practice Roundup—Among physicians, who are the best golfers?

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Among physicians who spend time on the links, surgeons have the strongest game, according to a new study. (Pixabay)

Among physicians, who are the best golfers?

Among all those serious studies in medical journals, the BMJ tackled a lighter topic: golf habits among physicians and surgeons.

So who plays the best game? Turns out it's surgeons—specifically those in thoracic, vascular and orthopedic specialties, the study found. They were the best golfers—or at least, they said they were—reporting about 15% better performance than specialists in endocrinology, dermatology and oncology.

It's a well-known stereotype that many doctors spend Wednesday afternoons on the golf course. But, of course, not all physicians are into golf. Among over 1 million physicians in the Doximity physician database, only 4.1% logged golf scores in the U.S. Golfing Association amateur golfer database. Far more men (89.5%) than women (10.5%) make up those physician golfers. (Study)

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