Surgeons are human, after all

SURGEONS are not the unfeeling robots of popular imagination and suffer high rates of depression, burnout and psychiatric distress, according to a systematic review.

UK and US researchers looked at over 70 studies on the non-physical effects of a surgical career on surgeons and their families.

About a third of surgeons reported burnout and/or depression, and 25% psychiatric distress, while rates of suicidal ideation were well above those found in the general population.

All were associated with a high workload. Other factors included junior status, younger age, poor professional