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.