Friday, April 05, 2019

Data: What is the average IQ of your healthcare providers?

I get annoyed when a low IQ kid gets my fast food order wrong, but no biggie. It's a different story when my child is sick and needs medical treatment. 

What is the mean IQ of health care workers?  To get a sufficiently large sample (GSS, no immigrants), I included the following jobs: physicians, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists other health diagnosing practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists, speech therapists, and other therapists. 

For the whole group, I get a mean of 104.8. Not good. For occupations with at least 10 survey respondents:

Mean IQ

Physicians  114.5
Dentists  108.4
Registered nurses  104.6
Pharmacists  108.2
Dieticians  90.9
Physical therapists 110.6
Speech therapists  104.6
Other therapists   109.4

All of these numbers are discouraging. Don't take advice from a dietician.  

What about race? We can only look at the overall mean for all healthcare providers. For whites, it's 105.9; for blacks, 96.1; and for other races, it's 99.2.  A little bit scary.   

And gender? 109.9 for men, and 103.5 for women. 

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  1. Anonymous11:10 PM

    I'm an RN. IQ (using GRE proxy)is >120. I'm fairly bright, but not exceptionally so among my peers. I wonder where the dull nurses and doctors are working. It isn't in my mid-sized hospital. Perhaps I simply overestimate my peers.

  2. How White/Black/Brown is your crew?

    1. Anonymous6:06 PM

      Nurses, > half white, a good chunk of the remainder is Filipino, a handful of others. 20% male. Few Blacks but those we have are solid.
      Doctors, about half white, most of the remainder Indian/Paki, with scattered others from just about anywhere, Korea, Chile, Poland, Ghana etc.

      My opinions of their skill levels don't relate to their ethnicity at all. I'd let the doc from Ghana cut me open, but not a certain one from Europe. Most of the Indians are great, others not so. It seems more a question of diligence than intelligence from my perspective.

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