2017-09-27 17:52:47 UTC

The Current State of Professional Burnout in Gastroenterology

Sept. 27, 2017

Results from a new survey are in. Burnout is increasing among GIs and most might not realize that they are suffering from it.

Some degree of burnout may be expected after a long career in medicine, but there seems to be an upward trend in physicians reporting feeling burnt out. It is important to note that burnout is not the same as stress but is a state of emotional and mental exhaustion in your professional life, manifest by a loss of joy and meaning in your work, a tendency to withdraw and depersonalize patients and colleagues as objects or obstacles, and a lowered sense of personal accomplishment or self-worth.

The AGA Institute Education and Training Committee surveyed over 600 gastroenterologists to gain an understanding of how burnout was specifically impacting the GI specialty, with special attention to gender, career stage, contributors to burnout and the consequences of burnout on our lives. As Arthur J. DeCross, MD, AGAF, reports in AGA Perspectives, some of the survey findings include:

  • Over half (54 percent) of all gastroenterologists responding to survey identified themselves as burned out.
  • The increasing sacrifice of personal time for work-related activities and the increasing imposition of external regulatory burdens are top drives for burnout.
  • Difficulty or stresses associated with mastering and performing endoscopic procedures is the lowest driver for burnout.

Dr. DeCross shares additional findings, and what to make of them, in AGA Perspectives.