Fixing the Resident Burnout Crisis Starts with Sleep
Published:22 Oct.2019    Source:Medscape
Recent years have brought an increasing awareness of the prevalence of burnout among US physicians. This is actually a positive development, because only by recognizing the true scope of the problem, as medical professionals, we can begin to fix it. Burnout in US medicine has serious consequences. These physicians experience a lower quality of life and are at risk for depression and suicide. They are also more likely to commit medical errors, jeopardizing patient safety.

Resident physicians are particularly vulnerable to burnout. Not only do they work long hours in grueling jobs that require spending excessive amounts of time interacting with electronic medical records, they also lack control over their schedules.