The general internal medicine division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has a burnout rate of 13 percent, which is significantly lower than the rate in other divisions. The secret sauce involves physicians having autonomy and the chance to develop as educators and leaders.
When asked about their overall satisfaction with their job, 95 percent of internists at UAB strongly agreed compared with the national average of 75 percent.
“When the institution measured the [burnout] level across departments and divisions, it was what you see across the nation between 30 percent and 50 percent, and even higher in some areas,” said Carlos Estrada, MD, professor and division director of general internal medicine at UAB. “We are aware that our numbers were among the lowest in the nation. I don’t think it was from one single intervention that we did.”
Committed to making physician burnout a thing of the past, the AMA has studied, and is currently addressing issues causing and fueling physician burnout—including time constraints, technology and regulations—to better understand and reduce the challenges physicians face. By focusing on factors causing burnout at the system level, the AMA assesses an organization’s well-being and offers guidance and targeted [More]