Physician Burnout On the Rise

Physician Burnout On the Rise

Burnout is a growing problem for physicians, and is commonly defined as a long-term stress reaction characterized by depersonalization, including feelings of cynicism, or negative attitudes towards patients, a low sense of personal accomplishment, and a loss of enthusiasm for work. This year in the Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, 46% of all physicians responded that they had burnout, which is a 6% increase from 2013.

Specialties with the highest burnout rate are:

  • Critical Care -53%
  • Emergency Medicine – 52%
  • Family Medicine – 50%
  • Internists – 50%
  • General Surgery – 50%

Specialties with the lowest burnout rate are:

  • Dermatology – 37%
  • Psychiatry and Mental Health – 38%
  • Pathology – 39%
  • Gastroenterology – 41%
  • Ophthalmology – 41%


Doctors are more likely to experience burnout than other American workers, and 10% of those surveyed said they were considering leaving medicine because of it. Here are the top contributing factors to physician burnout:.

  • Too many bureaucratic tasks
  • Too many hours at work
  • Insufficient income

Have you ever considered a Locum Tenens assignment? Help relieve the top causes of burnout listed above by:

  • Leaving the bureaucratic tasks behind
  • Work when and where you want
  • Enjoy being generously compensated
  • You can learn from working in different work environments


Working as a locum tenens physician may enhance your career satisfaction and promote professional advancement. Contact ICON Medical Network today to learn more about our Locum Tenens opportunities.