Most burned out physician specialties

Emergency medicine is the physician specialty reporting the most burnout, according to Medscape's 2021 "Physician Burnout & Depression Report" released Jan. 21.

For the report, Medscape surveyed 13,069 physicians in 29 specialties from June 29-Sept. 26, 2021.

Below is a ranking of the most burned-out physician specialties, followed by the percentage of surveyed physicians who reported being burned out:

  1. Emergency medicine: 60 percent
  2. Critical care: 56 percent
  3. OB-GYN: 53 percent
  4. Infectious diseases: 51 percent
  5. Family medicine: 51 percent
  6. Physical medicine & rehabilitation: 50 percent
  7. Diabetes & endocrinology: 50 percent
  8. Radiology: 49 percent
  9. Pediatrics: 49 percent 
  10. Pulmonary medicine: 48 percent

 

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