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J. Edward Berk Distinguished Lecture: Avoiding Burnout: Finding Balance Between Work and Everything Else

Surawicz, Christina M MD, MACG1

American Journal of Gastroenterology: April 2014 - Volume 109 - Issue 4 - p 511–514
doi: 10.1038/ajg.2014.44

Burnout has been defined as “a state of mental exhaustion caused by one's professional life.” Increasing evidence shows high rates of burnout among medical professionals, including gastroenterologists. Factors that contribute to burnout include work–home conflict and longer work hours. Among gastroenterologists, the risk for burnout seems to be highest during the first three years on the job after fellowship. Strategies to treat and prevent burnout include identifying and balancing personal and professional goals, shaping one's career to optimize meaning, identifying stressors, and nurturing wellness strategies.

1 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA

Correspondence: Christina M. Surawicz, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, School of Medicine, 325 9th Avenue, Box 359773, Seattle Washington 98104, USA. E-mail:

Received 31 January 2014; accepted 2 February 2014

A video of the lecture can be found at

published online 18 March 2014

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