Neurosurgery Resident Wellness and Recovery from Burnout: A 39-Year Single Institution Experience.
OBJECTIVE: Physician burnout in neurosurgery is highly prevalent and occurs most severely during residency. While earlier assessments have identified stressors contributing to neurosurgery resident burnout, recovery interventions have not been studied extensively. We aimed to characterize burnout patterns and factors contributing to recovery through a single-institution assessment of neurosurgery residents across four decades.
METHODS: We administered a 59-item questionnaire to all living current and former residents of our institution (n=96). Respondents indicated the timeline of burnout or hardship during residency, and evaluated burnout stressors and recovery factors through a 5-point Likert scale and free-text response.
RESULTS: The survey response rate was 67% (64/96). The overall self-reported burnout rate was 30% (19/64). Recent trainees were significantly more likely to report burnout (P
CONCLUSIONS: Institutional support structures promoting mentorship and camaraderie are actionable methods to encourage resident burnout recovery. This study serves as a model for other programs to identify their "critical periods" of burnout and effective wellness interventions.
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Tang, Oliver Y; Dunn, Katherine A; Yoon, James S; Ponce, Francisco A; Sonntag, Volker K H; and Lawton, Michael T., "Neurosurgery Resident Wellness and Recovery from Burnout: A 39-Year Single Institution Experience." (2020). Neurosurgery. 516.