Measuring Burnout Among Psychiatry Clerkship Directors

Jeffrey J. Rakofsky, Gary Beck Dallaghan, Richard Balon

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Objective: The primary purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of burnout among Psychiatry clerkship directors. Methods: Psychiatry clerkship directors were solicited via email to complete an electronic version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey and the Respondent Information Form. Results: Fifty-four out of 110 surveys (49%) were completed. Fourteen percent of respondents scored in the “high exhaustion” category, 21.6% scored in the “low professional efficacy” category, 20.4% scored in the “high cynicism” category, and 15.1% of respondents met threshold for at least two of the three categories. Those who scored in the “low professional efficacy” category reported higher levels of salary support for research, while those who scored in the “high cynicism” category reported lower levels of salary support at a trend level. Those who scored in the “high cynicism” category were younger. Conclusions: Approximately 14–22 percent of psychiatry clerkship directors reported some level of burnout depending on the subscale used. Future studies should aim to better identify those clerkship directors who are at greatest risk for becoming burned out by their educational role and to clarify the link between salary support for research, age, and burnout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-72
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • Burnout
  • Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey
  • Psychiatry clerkship directors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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