E1265. Burnout in Radiology: Views from Both Sides of the Border
Christian Van Der Pol;
Washington University School of Medicine
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Compared with the general working professional population in Western countries, burnout among physicians is disproportionately on the rise, and one of the most susceptible medical specialties is radiology, for a variety of reasons. According to the most current national survey, Canadian radiologists and radiology trainees reported higher levels of burnout rates, in emotional exhaustion and depersonalization domains in particular, compared with their counterparts in the United States. This exhibit will describe the potential causes for burnout. Influence of rapid advances in artificial intelligence on the potential prevalence of burnout will also be discussed. Furthermore, we will suggest some evidence-based burnout prevention strategies utilized by U.S. and Canadian radiologists and radiology trainees, as well as by radiologists in other countries. Finally, we will propose a number of practical solutions to improve burnout symptoms.
Educational Goals / Teaching Points
1. To review the current U.S. and Canadian literature evaluating the prevalence and nature of burnout
2. To describe the etiology of burnout in current radiology practice, with an emphasis on unique challenges facing U.S. and Canadian radiologists and radiology trainees
3. To suggest possible prevention and treatment strategies
Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
1. Introduction; 2. Prevalence of burnout in U.S .and Canadian radiologists and trainees; 3. Higher rates of burnout reported by Canadian radiologists in emotional exhaustion and depersonalization domains, according to recent national survey; 4. Difference in prevalence of burnout between academic and community practice; 5. Analysis of potential causes for burnout: overwhelming imaging volumes; limited span of control over system issues; rapid advances in artificial intelligence; growing amount of paperwork and non-clinical tasks; shortage of administrative support; high frequency of call; 6. Burnout in radiology trainees: role of unique stressors; 7.Evidence-based burnout prevention strategies; 8. Practical solutions to improve burnout symptoms
Burnout is a serious threat for U.S. and Canadian radiologists and radiology trainees in particular. Recognition of etiological factors specific to radiology is a first step in preventing, identifying, and mitigating burnout symptoms.