50% of gastroenterologists report feeling burned out — 10 takeaways from Medscape's Lifestyle Report

Medscape compiled its "2017 Gastroenterologist Lifestyle Report" survey finding that 50 percent of gastroenterologists report feeling burned out.

Medscape surveyed more than 14,000 physicians from over 27 specialties to create a snapshot of physician opinions on race, ethnicity, bias and physician burnout.

Here's what you should know.

1. Fifty percent of gastroenterologists report feeling burned out. Overall, 40 percent of all physicians report feeling burned out.

2. On a scale of one to seven, gastroenterologists reported their burnout severity was 4.0, which is slightly below the 4.2 average.

3. The three leading causes of burnout among gastroenterologists were "too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours at work and the increased computerization of practice."

4. Concerning gender, 54 percent of men report feeling burned out to 65 percent of women.

5. A majority — 58.1 percent — of gastroenterologists are white/caucasian, 13.2 percent are Asian Indian and 7.5 percent are Chinese or Hispanic/Latino.

6. Seventy percent of Chinese, 49 percent of white/caucasian and 49 percent of Asian Indian gastroenterologists report being the most burned out.

7. Eleven percent of gastroenterologists report that bias affects their treatment. Gastroenterologists had the eighth lowest reported bias rate among the 27 specialties.

8. On physician happiness, 64 percent of gastroenterologists report being happier outside of work than the 35 percent that are happiest while at work.

9. Concerning savings, 46 percent of men report having adequate savings to 51 percent of women. Twenty-six percent of women report having more than adequate savings to only 21 percent of men.

10. On debt, 57 percent of men report having manageable debt to 61 percent of women.

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