Burnout Among Women Physicians: a Call to Action

Curr Cardiol Rep. 2020 May 29;22(7):45. doi: 10.1007/s11886-020-01300-6.


Purpose of review: The purposes of this discussion are to describe what is known about burnout among women physicians and identify contributing factors, categories of impact, and methods for mitigating the phenomenon. The authors conclude with current gaps in research.

Recent findings: Although there are a lack of investigations analyzing and reporting physician burnout data by gender, there is evidence to suggest that women physicians experience stress and burnout differently than their men counterparts. Women physicians are more likely to face gender discrimination, gender biases, deferred personal life decisions, and barriers to professional advancement, all of which may contribute to burnout. Interventions specific to preventing physician burnout in women should include (1) addressing barriers to career satisfaction, work life integration, and mental health; (2) identification and reduction of gender and maternal bias; (3) mentorship and sponsorship opportunities; (4) family leave, lactation, and child care policies and support. In addition, gaps in research must be addressed in an effort to inform best practices for measuring and addressing burnout among women physicians.

Keywords: Burnout; Female; Gender; Medicine; Physician; Women.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Physicians, Women / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires