October 31, 2020
J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2020;4:181–90.
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Ganry L, Guinier C, Sanjuan A, Hersant B, Meningaud JP. Microsurgical practice and surgeon burnout: a survey from data of international microsurgery club on Facebook. J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2020;4(10):181–90.
Background: Microvascular surgeons (synonym: microsurgeons) are generally satisfied with their career, but are more prone to burnout than the general population. Demanding training and post-operative microsurgical complications seem to be one of the risk factors. The authors evaluated the relationship between intensive microsurgery practice and physician burnout in the setting of the International Microsurgery Club (IMC) Facebook Group.
Methods: Using the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) Score, an online survey was performed focusing on demographics, habits, as well as working environment. Comparisons were done between reconstructive surgeons with or without intensive practice.
Results: One hundred and eighty-four surgeons were enrolled. In aggregate, 37.7 percent had at least one symptom of burnout based on MBI score. Univariate analysis of burnout status found only one statistically significant result correlated to age (p = 0.048). Burnout status was not correlated to the number of microvascular anastomoses performed (p = 0.466). A two-way ANOVA analysis found an association between age, relationship status, gender and illicit drugs use independently associated with “Number of Microanastomoses,” but never with “Burnout Status” (all p < 0.05).
Conclusions: Burnout status of IMC’s surgeons was not correlated to any intensive microsurgery practice. Being part of an international group could be a protective factor, especially for young or isolated surgeons worldwide.
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