Why are Residents prone to Burnout?

Updated: May 30

Medical resident burnout is a huge problem in the USA, Europe and across the world, and has been getting increasing media and professional attention over the past few years.

In the USA, five out of ten residents report burnout and one physician commits suicide every day. In Germany, nearly one third of general practitioners report emotional exhaustion and one third feel highly depersonalized. Newly qualified medical residents often work long hours and suffer burnout from the pressure of high professional demands and expectations often at the expense of their own mental wellbeing and possibly that of others close to them personally. To counter this, many residents use unhealthy coping methods including alcohol, smoking and medication despite medical institutes insisting that administrative support is available.

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