29 physician specialties ranked by burnout rates

Urologists have the highest rates of burnout among all physician specialties, according to a survey from Medscape.

For the survey, Medscape polled 15,181 physicians from more than 29 specialties between June 25 and Sept. 19, 2019.

Across all specialties, 42 percent of physicians reported burnout, down 4 percent from 2015.

Here's how each specialty stacked up:

Note: The list includes ties.

1. Urology — 54 percent of physicians reported burnout
2. Neurology — 50 percent
3. Nephrology — 49 percent
4. Diabetes and endocrinology — 46 percent
    Family medicine — 46 percent
    Radiology — 46 percent
    Obstetrics and gynecology — 46 percent
    Rheumatology — 46 percent
5. Infectious diseases — 45 percent
6. Critical care — 44 percent
    Cardiology — 44 percent
    Internal medicine — 44 percent
7. Physical medicine and rehabilitation — 43 percent
    Emergency medicine — 43 percent
8. Oncology — 42 percent
9. Anesthesiology — 41 percent
    Pediatrics — 41 percent
    Pulmonary medicine — 41 percent
10. Allergy and immunology — 38 percent
11. Plastic surgery — 37 percent
12. Gastroenterology — 36 percent
      Dermatology — 36 percent
      Pathology — 36 percent
13. General surgery — 35 percent
      Otolaryngology — 35 percent
      Psychiatry — 35 percent
14. Orthopedics — 34 percent
15. Ophthalmology — 30 percent
16. Public health and preventive medicine — 29 percent

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