Burnout comparison among residents in different medical specialties

Acad Psychiatry. Fall 2004;28(3):240-2. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.28.3.240.


Objective: To investigate resident burnout in relation to work and home-related factors.

Method: Maslach Burnout Inventory was mailed to residents in eight different medical specialties, with a response rate of 35%.

Results: Overall, 50% of residents met burnout criteria, ranging from 75% (obstetrics/gynecology) to 27% (family medicine). The first year of residency, being single, personal stress, and dissatisfaction with faculty were independently associated with burnout.

Conclusions: Efforts to reduce resident burnout nationally would benefit from expanding beyond the work-hours regulation.

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / statistics & numerical data*
  • Medicine / statistics & numerical data*
  • Specialization*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires