2016, Number 1
Med Int Mex 2016; 32 (1)
Secín-Diep R, Rodríguez-Weber FL
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ABSTRACTBackground: Medical residencies in the medical training are very important to the medical education. Several reports have found out high level of burnout during this period.
Objective: To know the prevalence of burnout and its affective symptoms in resident physicians from a group of private general hospitals of Mexico City.
Material and Method: A prospective study was done applying the Maslach Inventory to resident physicians who answered it three times during a year.
Results: Fifty-seven subjects were included; from them 48% had vital exhaustion, 20% despersonalization and 15% lack of personal accomplishment. At the group analysis, emotional fatigue predominated in pre-degree physicians, with 37%, followed by pediatricians with 11%. Comparing the percentage of emotional in the three dates of information collection (February and October 2009 and April 2010), reported percentage of emotional increased in 17, 48 and 73%, respectively.
Conclusions: A significant number of residents suffers from emotional fatigue, has depersonalization and lack of personal accomplishment. Pre-degree physicians predominated. Residents of Internal Medicine, despite of being the second most numerous group of questionnaires answered, showed less burnout syndrome than residents of Pediatrics and Surgery.