Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

Grace Hickam, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine

Additional Author(s) Information

Nital Appelbaum, Ph.D., VCU School of Medicine

Sally A Santen, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

V. Ramana Feeser, M.D.,Department of Emergency Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

Joel Moll, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

Robin R. Hemphill, M.D., MPH, Department of Emergency Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

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March 2019

Abstract/Short Description


Physicians are at high risk for burnout when compared to the general population. Burnout is a constellation of symptoms characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and decreased/low sense of personal accomplishment¹. Burnout affects health, relationships, motivation, and patient outcomes. Elements of emergency medicine (EM) may make EM residents/attendings more vulnerable to stress. Examining physician resilience and finding ways to implement change is essential to improving the culture of residency training. The objective of this study was to compare well-being and stress between EM residents and other residents and to compare EM residents and attendings.


1. Jennings ML, Slabin SJ. Resident Wellness Matters: ptimizing Resident Education and Wellness Through the Learning Environment. Academic Medicine. 2015; 90(9):1246-1250. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000842, PMID: 26177527

2. Shanafelt TD, Boone S, Tan L, et al. Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance Among US Physicians Relative to the General US Population. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(18):1377–1385. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3199


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VCU Medical Education Symposium