Do rates of burnout and career choice regret among resident physicians vary by clinical specialty?
In a paper in JAMA: The Journal of of the American Medical Association, Dr Lisolette Dyrbye and colleagues explored factors associated with symptoms of burnout and career choice regret during residency.
- Burnout was prevalent in the sample (45.2%) but varied substantially by clinical specialty, with residents in urology, neurology, emergency medicine, ophthalmology and general surgery reporting more burnout. Female residents had a 7.6% higher risk of burnout than male residents.
- Most resident physicians were satisfied with their career and specialty choice. However, career choice regret was reported by 14.1% of the sampled residents, and was highest among residents in pathology, radiology, and anesthesiology.
- Residents with higher anxiety and lower empathy during medical school were at greater risk of subsequent burnout and specialty choice regret during residency.
The authors recommend further research to better understand differences in burnout and career choice regret among US resident physicians.
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