Carol Peckham


March 27, 2013

In This Article

Burnout, Politics, and Citizenship

Political Leanings

Instead of asking Medscape physicians whether they are Democrat, Republican, or Independent, we focused on whether members considered themselves liberal or conservative in fiscal and social areas; the objective was to get a sense of their political biases rather than their voting habits. Burned-out physicians were slightly more conservative, with 73% of them claiming to be conservative fiscally or socially compared with 69% of non-burned-out physicians.

Effects of Citizenship

According to a 2007 report from the Migration Policy Institute,[31] 26.3% of physicians have come to the United States as adults. A lower percentage of foreign-born physicians responded to the Medscape survey: 18% came to the United States as adults and 74% were born here. Burnout rates are lowest in physicians who came to the United States as adults -- 32% compared with 42% of those who were born here and 40% of those who came here as children. This survey does not explain the discrepancy, but one could surmise that adult foreign-born physicians might have fewer expectations.