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The causes of burnout among female surgical residents

Residency Program Insider, November 5, 2019

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A survey of 7,400 physicians taken while they completed the 2018 American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination found that residents of both genders experienced mistreatment during training, but female residents reported being subjected to more of it.

According to the survey results, 65% of female respondents reported gender discrimination, 13% reported discrimination based on pregnancy or parental status, and 20% reported sexual harassment, which was much higher than male respondents.

Forty-two percent of female respondents reported burnout, compared to 36% of the male respondents, and were likely to have suicidal thoughts. The researchers found that increased on-the-job mistreatment contributed greatly to burnout and suicidal thoughts among female residents. 

Source: Time



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