Prevalence of resident burnout at the start of training

Jonathan Ripp, Robert Fallar, Mark Babyatsky, Rand David, Lawrence Reich, Deborah Korenstein

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Background: Job burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and feelings of decreased personal accomplishment, and it may be linked to depression and suboptimal patient care. Burnout among American internal medicine residents ranges between 55% and 76%. Purpose: We aim to further characterize burnout prevalence at the start of residency. Methods: Between 2006 and 2007, all incoming internal medicine interns at Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center were asked to complete a survey at orientation. The survey included an instrument to measure burnout, a sleep deprivation screen, a personality inventory and demographic information. Comparison tests were conducted to identify statistically significant differences. Results: The response rate was 94% (145/154). Overall burnout prevalence was 34% (50/145). Interns self-identifying as anxious (51% vs. 28%, p=.01) or disorganized (60% vs. 31%, p=.03) were more likely to have burnout. Conclusions: Our study found higher levels of burnout among beginning medical interns than reported in the literature. Burnout correlated with some self-reported personality features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-175
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010


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