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Doctor burnout: How common is it?

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Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found almost half of doctors, 45.8%, have experienced at least one symptom of burnout. Nearly 40% reported being emotionally exhausted, and roughly 30% reported “high depersonalization” — feeling like their real life is a dream that they’re merely watching. 

In general, the study found people with an M.D. or a D.O. to be more likely to experience burnout than people with other degrees. Within the medical field, certain specialities suffered more, especially those on the “front lines” of care, such as neurologists and ER doctors.