Ob/Gyns Suffer Burnout
This doesn't sound good at all:
A survey of ob.gyns. from Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania revealed that almost two-thirds suffer the symptoms of burnout, Vincent A. Pellegrini, M.D., reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
All ACOG members in District III were surveyed in 2004, and 863 responded, for a response rate of 30%, reported Dr. Pellegrini, who is in private practice in West Reading, Pa. Of those physicians, 64% reported the symptoms of burnout, as judged by the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Burnout is defined as a syndrome of physical, emotional, and attitudinal exhaustion.
Dr. Pellegrini lists a number of factors that appeared to protect against burnout, and he divides them into controllable and less controllable categories:
Among the controllable factors are regular exercise, adequate sleep, working part time, practicing gynecology only, allowing 45 minutes for each new patient, and being connected to the community.
Allowing 45 minutes per new patient! Either the good doctor hasn't been in clinical practice for some time, or he has way too many residents helping out.