Reader Poll: Medical Residents and Burnout; How Do You Compare?

May 21, 2015

A recent study found burnout among medical residents is reaching epidemic levels. Burnout is a combination of emotional burnout, depersonalization, and low personal accomplishment, and the study found that exactly 70% of residents surveyed met these criteria.

Specialties that reported the highest burnout rates were general surgery (89%), radiology (85%), surgical subspecialties (82%), anesthesiology (81%), and internal medicine (79%). pediatrics (53%), family medicine (50%), and pathology (46%) had the lowest amounts of burnout. Even though pathology was the lowest, a burnout rate of nearly 50% is still very high, according to the lead author of the study.


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