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Burnout of Faculty Members of Medical Schools in Korea

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Affiliated Author(s)
김재범
Alternative Author(s)
Kim, Jae Bum
Journal Title
J Korean Med Sci
ISSN
1598-6357
Issued Date
2022
Keyword
BurnoutFaculty MembersMedical SchoolsKorea
Abstract
Background:
There is no national survey on medical school faculty members' burnout in Korea. This study aimed to investigate burnout levels and explore possible factors related to burnout among faculty members of Korean medical schools.

Methods:
An anonymous online questionnaire was distributed to 40 Korean medical schools from October 2020 to December 2020. Burnout was measured by a modified and revalidated version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Service Survey.

Results:
A total of 996 faculty members participated in the survey. Of them, 855 answered the burnout questions, and 829 completed all the questions in the questionnaire. A significant number of faculty members showed a high level of burnout in each sub-dimension: 34% in emotional exhaustion, 66.3% in depersonalization, and 92.4% in reduced personal accomplishment. A total of 31.5% of faculty members revealed a high level of burnout in two sub-dimensions, while 30.5% revealed a high level of burnout in all three sub-dimensions. Woman faculty members or those younger than 40 reported significantly higher emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. Long working hours (≥ 80 hours/week) showed the highest reduced personal accomplishment scores (F = 4.023, P = 0.018). The most significant stressor or burnout source was "excessive regulation by the government or university." The research was the most exasperating task, but the education was the least stressful.

Conclusion:
This first nationwide study alerts that a significant number of faculty members in Korean medical schools seem to suffer from a high level of burnout. Further studies are necessary for identifying the burnout rate, related factors, and strategies to overcome physician burnout.
Department
Dept. of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery (흉부외과학)
Publisher
School of Medicine (의과대학)
Citation
Ji-Hyun Seo et al. (2022). Burnout of Faculty Members of Medical Schools in Korea. J Korean Med Sci, 37(9), e74. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2022.37.e74
Type
Article
ISSN
1598-6357
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2022.37.e74
URI
https://kumel.medlib.dsmc.or.kr/handle/2015.oak/44081
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