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Physician Burnout On the Rise

By Kelsey Lyon, OMS II

Physician burnout is on the rise since 2013. Medscape’s Physician Lifestyle Report from 2015 showed that burnout rates, as self-reported by physicians, increased from 40% in 2013 to 46% in 2015. The highest burn out rates were seen in critical care, emergency medicine and primary care specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine and general surgery. Increases in burnout rates are of concern as increased burnout can have negative affects on patient care.

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As medical students, seeing numbers like these can be scary. However, rather than being scared by them we should use them to remind us that even as physicians we need to have an outlet to be able to get away from the job and have time to ourselves. Starting these practices while students in medical school can potentially help reduce burnout once physicians.


Kelsey Lyon, OMS II
Student Wellness Coordinator
AMSA Trainee Wellness and Professionalism Committee

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