38.5% of ophthalmology residents planning to leave field despite lower burnout

Researchers found the percentage of ophthalmology residents planning to leave the field was more than triple that of other specialties, MD Magazine reports.

Researchers surveyed practicing physicians and institutions participating in the Physicians Wellness Annual Consortium from January 2016 through September 2018. Sixty-three percent responded. The results were presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, April 28 to May 2.

Three notes:

1. Researchers found that 38.5 percent of ophthalmology residents planned to leave the specialty — compared to 10.5 percent of residents in other fields — despite having significantly lower burnout rates and higher rates of professional fulfillment.

2. In contrast, 26.4 percent of ophthalmology faculty suggested intent to leave their institutions and ophthalmology faculty were 77 percent more likely than other specialists to experience professional fulfillment.

3. Nearly 32 percent of ophthalmology faculty reported being burned out, compared to 21.4 percent of ophthalmology residents and 32.8 percent of faculty in other surgical fields.

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