Combating stress and burnout in surgical practice: a review.

  title={Combating stress and burnout in surgical practice: a review.},
  author={Charles Balch and Tait D Shanafelt},
  journal={Thoracic surgery clinics},
  volume={21 3},
Surgeons train for many years and work long hours, often dealing with stressful situations. As a result, some surgeons may experience burnout, which in some cases may lead to depression and/or drug dependency. Identifying and effectively managing causes of stress as well as determining the optimal work-life balance is critical for obtaining personal and professional career satisfaction. This article explores causes of surgeon burnout and reviews results from the American College of Surgeons… CONTINUE READING

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