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A Call to Action – Our Radiology Chairs Are Burning Out

Published:April 29, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2019.03.002
      Leaders of academic radiology practices in the United States are experiencing one or more symptoms of burnout. This should not be a surprise given current reports suggesting that 45% of practicing radiologists are also experiencing one or more of these symptoms (
      • Harolds J.A.
      • Parikh J.R.
      • Bluth E.I.
      • et al.
      Burnout of radiologists: frequency, risk factors, and remedies: a report of the ACR commission on human resources.
      ,
      • Fishman M.D.
      • Mehta T.S.
      • Siewert B.
      • et al.
      The road to wellness-engagement strategies to help radiologists achieve joy at work.
      ,
      • Kruskal J.B.
      • Shanafelt T.
      • Eby P.
      • et al.
      A road map to foster wellness and engagement in our workplace—a report of the 2018 Summer Intersociety Meeting.
      ). Data from recent surveys supports similar burnout rates in leaders in other medical disciplines (
      • Gabbe S.G.
      • Vetter M.H.
      • Nguyen M.C.
      • et al.
      Changes in the burnout profile of chairs of academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology over the past 15 years.
      ,
      • Kusano A.S.
      • Thomas C.R.
      • Bonner J.A.
      • et al.
      Burnout in United States academic chairs of radiation oncology programs.
      ,
      • De Oliviera G.S.
      • Ahmad S.
      • Stock M.C.
      • et al.
      High incidence of burnout in academic chairpersons of anesthesiology.
      ,
      • Cruz O.A.
      • Pole C.J.
      • Thomas S.M.
      Burnout in chairs of academic departments of ophthalmology.
      ). A recent survey of academic radiology chairs by Ganeshan et al (
      • Ganeshan D.M.
      • Wei W.
      • Yang W.
      Burnout in chairs of academic radiology departments in the United States.
      ), the first to collect such data specific to radiology chairs, demonstrated that almost 40% of radiology chairs are experiencing one or more symptoms of burnout, and 5% are experiencing symptoms of high burnout.
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