Burnout in Obstetricians-Gynecologists: Its Prevalence, Identification, Prevention, and Reversal

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2021 Mar;48(1):231-245. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2020.11.008.


Studies indicate that burnout rates among obstetricians-gynecologists range from 40% to more than 75%, which is in the middle to upper one-third of medical specialties. Symptoms range from feelings of underappreciation and unresolved fatigue, to cynicism, depression, physical symptoms, and illness. Burnout is associated with poor job satisfaction, questioning career choices, and dropping out of practice, impacting workforce concerns and patient access. Awareness of the symptoms and some simple stress and fatigue reduction techniques can decrease the risk of being trapped in the downward spiral of burnout. Successful interventions range from more sleep, to hobbies and vacations, to skilled counseling.

Keywords: Burnout; Exhaustion; Obstetrician-gynecologists; Physicians; Prevention; Stress.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / epidemiology*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Burnout, Professional / therapy
  • Career Choice
  • Fatigue / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Gynecology / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Obstetrics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Occupational Stress / epidemiology
  • Physicians / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires