Indeed, perhaps one of the most surprising findings in the study was how little severe burnout there was among the surgeons surveyed. Among the 60 practicing microvascular free-flap head and neck surgeons who responded, just one reported high burnout. Moderate burnout affected 73 percent of the respondents, and a full 25 percent of surgeons actually said their burnout levels were low. (The study defined burnout as"the triad of high emotional exhaustion (EE), high depersonalization (DP) and low personal accomplishment.")
"That surprised us," said Brian Nussenbaum, MD, FACS, Christy J. and Richard S. Hawes III professor of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., also a co-author of the study."We thought the distribution would be more towards high-moderate burnout, rather than moderate to low."
When the authors looked at the data further, they uncovered the reason for their unexpected results."The reason why burnout wasn’t at a higher level was because of the high sense of personal accomplishment most respondents reported," Dr. Nussenbaum said."In fact, 95 percent of people in the study said that they would become microsurgeons again."