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May 25, 2009

Preventing Burnout in Academic Medicine

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Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2009

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(10):927-928. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.77

Academic medicine is stressful, and as economic changes make it imperative to cover faculty physicians' salaries completely, it is getting more stressful. A long-term consequence of job stress is burnout, and numerous studies have confirmed that there is an alarming prevalence of burnout in academic and nonacademic settings.1-5 The human, educational, and patient care consequences of burnout in academia are not fully known, but in this issue of the Archives, Shanafelt et al6 offer new insights into what we can do to prevent it. And that is good news.