Which specialties are the most burned out? — 29 statistics

Forty-four percent of physicians are burned out, and burnout is most prevalent among urologists, according to Medscape's National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report 2019.

Notably, 39 percent of male physicians reported experiencing burnout, compared to 50 percent of female physicians.

Medscape surveyed 15,069 physicians in 29-plus specialties about burnout and depression. Burnout is defined as long-term, unresolvable job stress that leads to exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed, cynical, detached and personally unfulfilled.

The most burned-out specialties ranked:

1. Urology: 54 percent
2. Neurology: 53 percent
3. Physical medicine and rehabilitation: 52 percent
4. Internal medicine: 49 percent
5. Emergency medicine: 48 percent
6. Family medicine: 48 percent
7. Diabetes and endocrinology: 47 percent
8. Infectious diseases: 46 percent
9. General surgery: 46 percent
10. Gastroenterology: 45 percent
11. OB-GYN: 45 percent
12. Radiology: 45 percent
13. Critical care: 44 percent
14. Cardiology: 43 percent
15. Anesthesiology: 42 percent
16. Rheumatology: 41 percent
17. Pediatrics: 41 percent
18. Oncology: 39 percent
19. Pulmonary medicine: 39 percent
20. Psychiatry: 39 percent
21. Allergy & immunology: 39 percent
22. Orthopedics: 38 percent
23. Dermatology: 38 percent
24. Plastic surgery: 36 percent
25. Otolaryngology: 36 percent
26. Ophthalmology: 34 percent
27. Pathology: 33 percent
28. Nephrology: 32 percent
29. Public health and preventative medicine: 28 percent

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