Burnout in Israeli medical students: a national survey

Peter Gilbey, Mandy Moffat, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Omri Cohen, Galit Neufeld Kroszynski, Orit Karnieli-Miller, Roni Gillis, Jacob Urkin, Khen Moscovici

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Abstract

Introduction: Professional burnout is characterized by loss of enthusiasm for work, cynicism, and a low sense of personal efficacy. Burnout may adversely affect medical professionalism. Burnout is common in clinicians and varying rates have been reported in medical students. No data exist regarding the prevalence of burnout among Israeli medical students. The aims of this study were to assess the rate of burnout in Israeli medical students and to identify students who were particularly susceptible to burnout. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire design was employed, gathering data from medical students in all years of study across three medical schools. Burnout was measured using the Maslach Burnout Inventory Student Survey (MBI-SS), translated into Hebrew. Results: Of the 2160 students in the participating medical schools, 966 (44.7%) completed MBI-SS and demographic questionnaires. The overall burnout rate was 50.6%. Multivariate logistic regression analysis yielded that female gender, age under 25, advanced year of study, studying at a specific medical school and not being a parent are all significantly correlated with higher levels of burnout. Conclusions: A high rate of burnout was found. The identification of young women who are not parents during advanced years of studies as being at-risk is important, in order to guide the development of burnout prevention interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number55
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Jan 2023

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We appreciate all students who devoted the time to fill out the questionnaires. We would like to thank Omri Rahamimov and Dr. Lior Rozental for helping in distributing the Tel Aviv University questionnaires, and Adva Alyagon for data collection and analysis. Peter Gilbey M.D., MMEd is an Otolaryngologist, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Safed, Israel. He is Head of the Department of Research and Innovation in Medical Education. Mandy Moffat PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Dundee, UK. Adi Sharabi-Nov M.A., M.P.H. is a teaching fellow of descriptive and inferential statistics, statistics and research methodology at the Department of Nutrition Sciences and the Department of Social Work, Tel Hai Academic College, and at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Safed, Israel. Omri Cohen B.A., LL.B.,Adv. is a Medical Intern at the Sanz Medical Center – Laniado Hospital, Israel. He is the Chair of the Israeli Medical Interns’ Association Galit Neufeld-Kroszynski MA, is a PhD student at the Department of Medical Education at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD., is an Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Medical Education, Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Roni Gillis MD. is an intern at Shaare Zedek medical center, Jerusalem, Israel. He is a fellow of the Moshe Prywes center for Medical Education, and a teaching assistant at the Medical Genetics and Physical Examination courses at the Goldman Medical school and the MSIH Medical school, BGU. Jacob Urkin M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics. Chair, The Moshe Prywes Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. Khen Moscovici B.Med.Sc. is a Medical and MPH student at the Goldman Medical school, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He is a fellow at the Moshe Prywes center for Medical Education, and a senior team member of the digital teaching team.

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Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University
Department of Medical Education
Department of Research and Innovation in Medical Education
Medical Genetics and Physical Examination
Moshe Prywes center for Medical Education
Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University
Tel Hai Academic College
Tel Aviv University

    Keywords

    • Burnout
    • Cynicism
    • Emotional Exhaustion
    • Israel
    • Medical student
    • Undergraduate

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