4 key causes of doctor burnout and how to defend against them

Learning to identify and manage your triggers is a key step in the right direction

As a doctor who treats doctors for a living, and an advocate for doctors’ mental health, I am often asked for the top causes of burnout in the medical profession.


This is akin to being asked for the top contributors to global warming. There are no top causes, and different factors can tip a doctor into this state at different stages of their career, depending on circumstances.

In my experience, there are four key reasons why doctors experience burnout. This list is based on many conversations with doctors who feel they have lost their