Surgery And Work-Home Conflict

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:31am
An article published ahead of print in Archives of Surgery, reported the results of a survey of over 7100 members of the American College of Surgeons. Over 52 percent said they had experienced at least one work-home conflict in the 3 weeks preceding the survey. Work-home conflicts were more common in those surgeons who were young, female and had young children.

Surgeons with a recent work-home conflict were more likely to have symptoms of burnout, depression, alcohol abuse/dependency, and were less likely to recommend surgery as a career option to their children.

A surgeon I follow on Twitter, Dr. Mary L. Brandt, posted a link to a video produced by Redefining Surgery, “a project sponsored by the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society for University Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons to provide information for young bright students contemplating a career in Surgery.” This 12 minute series of interviews with surgeons young and old, male and female was intended to show how one can be a surgeon and still have a life.

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