Factors Associated with Burnout and Frustration among Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellows

Alfredo J. Jijon, Aakriti R. Carrubba, Christopher C. Destephano, Michael G. Heckman, Patrick W. Johnson, Tri A. Dinh

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Study Objective: Determine the prevalence of burnout and frustration among participants currently completing a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (FMIGS). Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: An anonymous survey was distributed to fellows in November 2018. Participants: Current FMIGS fellows. Interventions: Not applicable. Measurements and Main Results: A total of 57 of 83 (67.7%) FMIGS participants in American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists–accredited programs completed a survey regarding fellowship characteristics and experiences. Overall, 40 participants (70.2%) indicated that they were satisfied with their fellowship program experience. There were 33 participants (57.9%) who reported burnout, and 38 participants (66.7%) had experienced anxiety, depression, or extreme fatigue during the last month. Of those who reported burnout, 26 (76.5%) reported that they did not receive support from their fellowship program. Participants who experienced burnout were more likely to be in their second year (p =.003), spent less time per week doing scholarly activities (p =.048), and were less satisfied with their fellowship experience (p <.001). Participants who experienced anxiety, depression, or extreme fatigue had more cofellows in their program (p =.031), worked on average more hours per week (p =.020), and were more often required to practice obstetrics in their fellowship (p =.022). Conclusion: Burnout symptoms are common among physicians across multiple specialties. Our findings suggest that this issue is prevalent among FMIGS participants. In addition, there is a lack of access to emotional and psychologic support programs for fellows experiencing burnout. We hope that this study will prompt attention to this important topic by both individual programs and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists as a society to increase awareness and access to resources and promote wellness for fellows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • AAGL
  • Education satisfaction
  • Fellowship training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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