Ava F. 2024 | BASIS Independent McLean
- Project Title: Physician Burnout: Nurses
- Basis Independent Advisor: Mr. Winchester
- Internship Location: American Academy of Ophthalmology, Washington DC
- Onsite Mentor: Mark Lukaszewski
I will be looking into the causes of physician burnout and finding ways we can prevent it. I plan to answer the questions: Why is physician burnout so significant? What is causing medical professionals to quit the field after so many years of schooling and investment of time and money? What needs to be done to make a change in the medical field for physicians in order to prevent burnout? To answer these questions, I will have to look into the statistics of physician burnout; whether they be based on gender or individual specialties within the medical field. After the research on the statistics is collected, I will analyze and compare them. Additionally, I will see if I can find more information from looking at longitudinal case-control studies, cross-sectional and cohort studies, as well as systematic reviews. This is because I have seen, based off the research I have done, that researchers use these methods to examine the aspects of this issue regarding burnout within the medical field. After that is complete, I am going to find ways to schedule or observe interviews with physicians that have quit due to the effects of burnout within the medical field. With that information, I will analyze and incorporate them into my presentation as anecdotal evidence. I expect that there will be a positive correlation between the increased expectation of perfectionism on physicians and burnout rates.