Medical residents burnout refers to a state of mental and physical exhaustion in medical residents that is related to the pressures of their work and patient care activities. Burnout during residency training has become a significant issue and has become secondary to concerns about job performance and patient care.
Health care professionals‘ burnout has gained wide attention over the last several years. Because of the intense emotional demands of their work environment, physicians are particularly susceptible to developing the condition which is beyond the workplace stress they might otherwise suffer. Residency training is a significant cause of burnout and leads to a disruption in the ability of individuals’ ability to establish patient rapport, provide correct diagnostic assessments and to make complex health decisions. In general, burnout is associated with a range of negative impacts that include depression, the risk of making medical errors and has negative effects on patient safety.