Academic hospitalists experience high burnout

As the number of hospitalists in academic medical centers grows, so does their level of burnout, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In addition to experiencing high levels of stress and burnout, hospitalists in academic institutions also are being overburdened with high workloads of nonteaching clinical work. That leaves them with little opportunity for scholarly research and advancement to senior level positions, notes Medscape Medical News.

The study, which analyzed data from a cross-sectional email survey of hospitalists at 20 U.S. academic medical centers, suggests that burnout can impact the scholarly success and productivity of academic hospitalists.

"The resultant high levels of stress and burnout and low satisfaction may (present) a real threat to the vitality of a budding field," the authors write. "Targeted efforts and interventions are needed to stem this tide in order to create fulfilling, sustainable, and scholarly, robust academic hospitalist careers."

The study also reveals that most academic hospitalists were happy with their work. Seventy-five percent said they were satisfied with their job, 63 percent reported satisfaction with the support they received from their division report, and 54 percent said they were satisfied with their ability to manage their schedules, notes Medscape.

Yet regardless of job satisfaction, 67 percent of hospitalists still reported having high levels of stress, while 23 percent said they experienced burnout.

According to the authors, academic hospitalists most at risk for stress and burnout include those with few peer-reviewed articles, a lack of confidence in their teaching skills, and few presentations of institutional grand rounds.

For more:                                                                                   
- here's the study abstract
- read the Medscape Medical News article