WMJ. 2021 Dec;120(4):268-272.
INTRODUCTION: There is a paucity of data on burnout among academic hospitalists in Wisconsin.
OBJECTIVE/METHODS: To evaluate perceptions on burnout among academic hospitalists at an academic center in Wisconsin, a survey was distributed to academic hospitalists at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Questions addressed job satisfaction, factors contributing to burnout and its consequences, and various preventive steps. A section was included for respondents to provide any additional comments.
RESULTS: Out of 52 academic hospitalists surveyed, 43 (83%) responded. Sixty-two percent of participants reported feeling burnout. Burnout rates did not differ by gender (males vs females, 58% vs 73%, respectively; P = 0.65), career length as a hospitalist (P = 0.28), or satisfaction as a hospitalist (P = 0.11). High patient census (94%) and unrealistic workload (83%) were the most commonly cited factors for burnout. Possible consequences of burnout included lack of enthusiasm (95%) and mental exhaustion (93%). A majority of respondents (81%) indicated that high clinical demands interfered with their ability to teach medical students. Improving the structure of work (88%) and incorporating respect, care, and compassion as a group culture (88%) were the most common themes reported to prevent burnout.
CONCLUSION: This study shows a high prevalence of burnout among academic hospitalists and highlights various opportunities to reduce burnout risk.