Burnout in Chairs of Academic Departments of Ophthalmology

  • Cruz O
  • Pole C
  • Thomas S
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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the incidence of burnout in chairs of academic departments of ophthalmology, identify stressors, and propose methods for reducing and preventing burnout in our academic leaders. Design: Cross-sectional study. Participants: One-hundred thirty-one chairs of academic departments of ophthalmology in the United States and Canada. Methods: Confidential surveys mailed to ophthalmology chairs. Main Outcome Measures: Questionnaires assessed demographics, potential stressors, satisfaction with personal life, self-efficacy, burnout as measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS), and quality of life. Results: Questionnaires were returned from 101 chairs, a response rate of 77%. Each chair had served an average of 9.4 years. They worked an average of 62 hours each week, spending 41% on patient care, 36% on administrative duties, 13% on teaching, and 9% on research. There was no difference in hours worked each week in chairs who had served >10 years from those who had been chair

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Authors

  • Oscar A. Cruz

  • Christopher J. Pole

  • Scott M. Thomas

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