Career Fit and Burnout Among Academic Faculty

This study in JAMA Internal Medicine evaluated the relationship between career fit and burnout among academic faculty. Faculty physicians in the Department of Internal Medicine at a large academic medical center were given a survey that evaluated demographic variables, work characteristics, career satisfaction, and burnout. Additional questions evaluated which professional activity (e.g., research, education, patient care, or administration) was most personally meaningful and the percentage of effort that was devoted to each activity. The study found that the amount of time faculty physicians spent working on the most meaningful activity to them was strongly inversely related to the risk of burnout.