In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Williford et al1 report that general surgery residents in North Carolina demonstrated signs and symptoms of burnout (75%) and depression (40%). This finding is probably not different in other states and other general surgery programs. This is not news for many of us, because burnout and depression have been identified as problems with surgeons since 2009.2 The unique finding in this study is that the perception by general surgery residents and faculty members was significantly better than what was found to be true. Why would that be? We are great clinicians; why can we not see this in each other?
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Freischlag JA. Burnout and Depression Among General Surgery Residents: Image Is Everything—It Alters Perception. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(8):711. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.1003
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