Burnout and career satisfaction among surgical oncologists compared with other surgical specialties.
ABSTRACT Little is known regarding the rate of burnout, career satisfaction, and quality of life (QOL) among surgical oncologists compared with other surgical subspecialties.
The American College of Surgeons conducted a survey in 2008 involving 7,905 respondents, of whom 407 were surgical oncologists. Demographic variables, practice characteristics, career satisfaction, burnout, and quality of life (QOL) of surgical oncologists were compared with other surgical subspecialties using validated instruments.
Surgical oncologists were younger (mean age 49.9 years), more likely to be female (26%), and had younger children than other surgical subspecialties. With respect to practice characteristics, surgical oncologists had been in practice fewer years and had fewer nights on call per week than other surgical disciplines but worked more hours (mean 62.6/week), were more likely to be in an academic practice (59.5%), were more likely to be paid on a salaried basis (68%), and had more time devoted to non-patient activities (e.g., research). Compared with surgeons from all other specialties, surgical oncologists had similar incidence of burnout (36%), suicide ideation (4.9%), and QOL, but lower incidence of depression (24%), and better indices of career satisfaction.
These data provide a frame of reference for valid comparisons of burnout, QOL, and career satisfaction indices for the surgical oncology community relative to all other surgical specialties. Surgical oncologists have higher career satisfaction and lower risk of depression than surgeons in other surgical disciplines but still experience high rates of burnout.
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ABSTRACT: Background Data are currently lacking regarding the quality of life of surgical oncology (SO) trainees. We sought to assess the training conditions and quality of life of SO residents and fellows across Europe. Material and Methods Members of the European Society for Surgical Oncology were invited to complete a Web-based survey that included a questionnaire specifically designed for SO trainees. Demographics, timing, and incentive to choose for SO, quality of life, and symptoms of fatigue, sleepiness, depression, and burnout, as well as self-reported medical errors, were assessed using validated instruments. Results The survey was completed by 109 residents and 53 fellows (mean age 34.6 ± 8.2). The mean Linear Analog Scale Assessment score for quality of life was 34.8 ± 8.6 out of a possible 50. A low level of fatigue was declared by 60% of the trainees. However, 44% scored an abnormal Epworth Sleepiness score, which was mostly related to in-hospital work time and lack of educational programs. High positive screenings regarding depression (51%) and burnout (25%) were associated with resident status and lack of mentorship, respectively. Major medical errors during the last 3 months were self-reported by 20% of the trainees. Conclusions In Europe, the perceived quality of life is overall acceptable among trainees in SO. However, the present study demonstrated a high level of sleepiness, depression, and burnout symptoms. Additional work is required to identify and overcome the underlying causes of these symptoms.Journal of Surgical Education 01/2013; · 1.39 Impact Factor
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