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April 16, 2020

Mitigating Burnout Through Protected Nonclinical Time—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(6):590-591. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0377

In Reply We appreciate Chen and Han’s interest in our study.1 In their letter, they acknowledge the equal gender representation present in our study sample. All residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at our tertiary academic center were invited to participate in this study. Therefore, this was a fortunate circumstance, largely resulting from the relative gender balance in our residency program. We agree with Chen and Han that women are often found in the literature to be more burdened by burnout than men. Fortuitously, the gender equality present in our study sample decreases the likelihood that gender may be a confounding variable with regards to the study results.

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