It’s September 2018 – Women in Medicine Month, as declared by the American Medical Association (AMA) – and today there are 333,833 female physicians practicing in the U.S. Conversely, there were about 200 women physicians in 1960 (to quote a campaign from that era: "You’ve come a long way, baby!").
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If you are a physician facing burnout, you're not alone. According to the 2017 Medscape Lifestyle Report, 51% of physicians say they are burnt out. Burnout can manifest itself in many ways, such as loss of enthusiasm for work, low sense of personal accomplishment, or feelings of cynicism (Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout, 2017).
During your medical training you probably dealt with your fair share of struggles. From countless hours spent in residency to experiencing your many “firsts” on the floor, you may have thought back then that you’d experienced it all and were ready to start your career as a practicing physician.