Surgery residents report the most burnout, regret career choice — 4 Mayo Clinic study findings

A new study conducted by the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and Portland-based Oregon Health & Science University published in the Journal of the American Medicial Association  found about half of physician residents experience burnout and regret their decision to become a physician.

Researchers surveyed 3,600 medical students across 50 schools in the U.S. in their final year of medical school, and during their second year of residency.

Here are the key findings to know:

1. The specialties with the highest rate of burnout were general surgery, emergency medicine, urology and neurology.

2. One warning sign of burnout was reported in 45 percent of residents, including severe anxiety and low empathy.

3. Residents showing signs of burnout were more than three times more likely to regret their decision to become a physician.

4. Women residents were at a higher risk for burnout than men.

Click here to read the full study.

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