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Analysis in Brief

Each online issue of Analysis in Brief (AIB) tackles an academic medicine research topic, and presents a two-page, easy-to-read snapshot of the AAMC’s data collection and research activities. Topics are selected through a peer-review process and support the association’s strategic research agenda.  The reports not only present data, but also provide context on the issues, interpretation of results and trends, and discussion of the policy and practical implications of the results—all of which may help to facilitate institutional and policy improvements at medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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February 2019 Burnout Among US Medical School Faculty

Burnout Among U.S. Medical School Faculty

This Analysis in Brief (AIB) provides a snapshot of burnout in different types of faculty at U.S. medical schools by examining the prevalence of reported burnout in each group. The study also explores the relationship between burnout and faculty engagement. Results show that all types of medical school faculty reported burnout, whether they are in clinical departments involved in patient care, clinical departments not involved in patient care, or basic science departments. Of all faculty respondents, 29% reported experiencing one or more symptoms of burnout. Further, 43% of all faculty reported feeling under stress, even if they did not report experiencing burnout symptoms. Results also demonstrate that burnout is associated with overall workplace engagement outcomes, including satisfaction with one’s department and school and likelihood of staying at the institution. As self-reported levels of burnout increased among faculty, satisfaction decreased and intent to leave increased. For example, 85% of faculty who did not report experiencing stress or burnout were satisfied with their school as a place to work, compared with 55% of those experiencing one symptom of burnout and 31% of those who reported being burned out. Results can inform institutional interventions that address workplace and organizational factors contributing to burnout, as well as individual interventions that promote faculty wellness and resiliency.

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