To the Editor We thank Stevens et al1 for their study analyzing the association of weekly protected nonclinical time with prevalence of burnout and general well-being in a sample of otolaryngology resident physicians. In the study, the intervention was alternated with the control (no weekly protected clinical time) at 6-week intervals; during which resident physicians had to complete questionnaires that sought to assess burnout, depression, fatigue, and anxiety. They reported that 2 hours of weekly protected nonclinical time was associated with decreased burnout and increased well-being in their small sample of resident physicians.
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Chen Z, Han EY. Mitigating Burnout Through Protected Nonclinical Time. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online April 16, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0380
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