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Study: Career and specialty choice regret leads to burnout in residents

Residency Program Insider, January 9, 2019

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According to recent research published in JAMA, one in seven medical residents regret their career choice and 7% regret their specialty choice. Increased symptoms of burnout have been tied to feelings of regret.
The research also revealed the five medical specialties with residents experiencing the most regret in terms of career choice: pathology, anesthesiology, general surgery, neurology, and psychiatry. Career choice regret was measured by asking the residents if they would choice to become a physician again.Specialty choice regret was measured by asking residents if they would again choice the same specialty.


In an attempt to combat burnout in residents, the AMA has created a new initiative, Reimagining Residency. This program consists of $15 million in grants to fund innovation in graduate medical education that will ultimately increase support for those experiencing burnout and work to mitigate the factors that contribute to burnout. Furthermore, the program aims to establish residency training that will best meet the healthcare system’s current and future needs.


Source: AMA



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