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December 8, 2021

Grit and Burnout in the Physician Workforce

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2022;157(4):354. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.6347

To the Editor Hewitt et al report the largest evaluation of grit and wellness outcomes in medicine, finding grit scores inversely associated with burnout and suicidal ideation among surgery residents.1 Grit purports to predict trait-level perseverance and passion and success across professions.1,2 The authors caution that training programs should remain focused on systems-level determinants of wellness vs grit, and we agree.

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