Organized Surgery Begins to Battle Burnout

An insightful and inspiring post from a surgical colleague. Here’s to continuing collaboration between physicians and medical professional societies in all disciplines, for improved well-being of us all, and all whom we serve!

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General Surgeon Lifestyles -- Linking to Burnout: Medscape Survey by Carol Peckham  March 28, 2013 General Surgeon Lifestyles — Linking to Burnout: Medscape Survey
by Carol Peckham
March 28, 2013

US surgeons are burned out and the numbers are staggering. Whether experiencing emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, or a low sense of personal achievement, 4 in 10 US surgeons exhibit signs and symptoms of burnout. Among neurosurgeons that number jumps to nearly 60%. Burned out surgeons are more likely to report substance abuse, clinical depression, and suicidal ideation. They are more prone to medical errors.

Interestingly, academic practice, trauma sub-specialty, increased nights of call, longer hours worked, younger age, female gender, and small children at home were all risk factors for burnout. For those of you who are new to this blog, I am a female academic trauma surgeon who routinely works long hours and takes in-house call while my small children are at home.

To be clear, these data prove associations and association…

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