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January 5, 2011

Medical Student Burnout and Professionalism

JAMA. 2011;305(1):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1787-a

To the Editor: One striking feature of the study of medical student burnout by Dr Dyrbye and colleagues1 was the high proportion of students reporting burnout (52.8%), replicating previous findings (49.6% in another study from North America2). At the same time, additional data indicate significantly lower depersonalization and emotional exhaustion in physicians working in the United States who were trained in non-US vs US medical schools.3 We therefore believe it is reasonable to draw some additional practical messages from the data for clinicians and teaching faculty engaging with students to help inform the association between burnout and unprofessional behavior.