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Editor's Correspondence
July 10, 2006

Disappointment, Not Burnout

Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(13):1422. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.13.1422-a

The article titled “Burnout and Internal Medicine Resident Work-Hour Restrictions” struck a nerve.1 I had been in academic medicine for 15 years, been director of a combined internal medicine–pediatrics residency program for 8 years, and am still active in education at all levels from student nurses through fellows. I have an alternative cause of “burnout” and it is not the current students (generation X) or the complexity of medicine. It is caused by inadequate education for the task performed.