Do surgeons really go for showy cars: survey

What doctors spend on them is the most surprising finding

Flashy career choices, flashy fast cars — or so goes the stereotype, which suggests surgeons tend to drive a set of wheels that are more expensive and newer than their non-surgical peers.

To test whether the extrovert personality type attracted to surgery influences vehicle choice, researchers have carried out the Observational Physician and surGEon Automobile Response (TOP GEAR) survey of 154 doctors working in an Australian public hospital.

They have found that not only do surgeons drive models, on average, twice the value of other doctors’ cars, but they are also more likely to favour new cars over second hand and to replace them sooner.

“Our findings suggest that doctors attracted to a career in surgery are more likely than their non-surgical colleagues to prefer their cars new and expensive,” the authors write in the Christmas issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.