Physician Burnout and Modern Day Healthcare

Rey Palmares
May 22, 2018

A medical degree takes ten long years to accomplish, so long in fact that practitioners can’t wait to start their careers in the medical field. Alarmingly however, around ten years into the practice, many doctors either retire or shift careers. Behavioral sciences call this phenomenon burnout.

Often, burnout even happens before the decade of the study is over. A research by Jafari, Loghmani, and Montazeri entitled Mental health of Medical Students in Different Levels of Training found that  25 to 50% of medical students experience depression and anxiety, with up to 50% reporting burnout.

The same follows doctors in residencies or fellowship trainings. More than 50 percent of residents report depression, with burnout rates as high as 75 percent.

But what causes it?

An article by Dr. Aymes last July 2017 looked at the concept of physician burnout.


Writing should be one part informative and one part entertaining. It's what differentiates a generic piece of text from a well-written article. Rey Palmares dedicates much of his time to fine-tune that craft, juggling the joys and frustrations of writing with those of his law school life outside of the office. He's making it work so far.