12 Specialties With the Most Burned-Out Physicians

Nearly 40 percent of the nation's physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, according to Medscape's Physician Lifestyle Report 2013.

According to the survey, 39.8 percent of physicians feel burned out. The survey defined "burnout" as a loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism and a low sense of personal accomplishment.

The following are the 12 specialties with the highest percentage of burnout, according to the survey:

1.    Emergency medicine
2.    Critical care
3.    Family medicine
4.    Obstetrics, gynecology and women's health
5.    Internal medicine
6.    Anesthesiology
7.    General Surgery
8.    Neurology
9.    Urology
10.  Nephrology
11.  HIV and infectious diseases
12.  Orthopedics

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