Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, Gil Ortega, MD, MPH, Michael Lowe, BS

This survey is intended to advance our understanding of career success and practice satisfaction.
We have included a wide range of questions, including some personal and potentially sensitive questions. All of this data is held in the strictest of confidence, and we purposely have not asked personal identifying information.  We ask that you answer each question as truthfully as possible.

We also appreciate that if you have taken the time to complete this survey, you are likely interested in the results. You have three options: 1) You can complete the second to last question, and we will assure you that the data analysis will be separated from your demographic information. 2) You can leave the last two questions blank, and email the lead author to request a copy of the results when the study is complete. 3) Contained within the survey is a validated measure of burnout. If you wish to receive your personal results, we will offer these specific results to you as a thanks, but this will require your name and email address at a minimum.

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* 1. Have you completed a Fellowship?

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* 2. What is your primary specialty?

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* 3. How many years have you been in practice?

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* 4. How many hours per week do you work?

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* 5. How many partners are in your practice?

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* 6. How many times have you changed jobs?

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* 7. Have you worked in academics or private practice?

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* 8. How many times are you on call per month?

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* 9. Do you have financial stress?

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* 10. What is your gross annual income?

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* 11. Do you feel satisfied with your career?

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* 12. Would you choose your surgical specialty again?

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* 13. Would you recommend your surgical specialty as a career to a medical student or a resident?

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* 14. Would you recommend medicine as a career field to a family member or friend?

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* 15. Do you look forward to going to work 3 out of 4 days?

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* 16. Do you participate in some social activity at least twice a month?

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* 17. Do you feel the stress of your job affects your personal life?

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* 18. How do you rate your stress level related to your job?

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* 19. Have you been divorced since starting practice?

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* 20. Did your job play a significant role in your divorce?

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* 21. I feel depressed at work

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* 22. I feel emotionally drained from work

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* 23. I feel used up at the end of the workday

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* 24. I feel fatigued when I get up in the morning and have to face another day on the job

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* 25. I can easily understand how my patients feel about things.

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* 26. I feel I treat some patients as if they were impersonal objects

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* 27. Working with people all day is really a strain for me

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* 28. I deal very effectively with the problems of my patients

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* 29. I feel burned out from my work

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* 30. I feel I'm positively influencing other people's lives through my work

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* 31. I've become more callous toward people since I took this job

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* 32. I worry that this job is hardening me emotionally

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* 33. I feel very energetic

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* 34. I feel frustrated by my job

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* 35. I feel I'm working too hard on my job

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* 36. I don't really care what happens to some patients

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* 37. Working with people directly puts too much stress on me

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* 38. I can easily create a relaxed atmosphere with my patients

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* 39. I feel exhilarated after working closely with my patients

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* 40. I have accomplished worthwhile things in this job

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* 41. I feel like I'm at the end of my rope

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* 42. In my work, I deal with emotional problems very calmly

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* 43. I feel patients blame me for some of their problems

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* 44. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

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* 45. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

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* 46. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

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* 47. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (eye opener)?

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* 48. I avoid making decision when I am not sure of what to do

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* 49. If I don't fight for myself, I don't get what I want

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* 50. When things go wrong for me, I can easily come up with a plan to make things better

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* 51. I am more concerned about how to help others than about what they can do for me

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* 52. Before coming up with a solution, I consider all points of view so that everyone wins

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* 53. I use creativity and intuition to make things happen

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* 54. People who know me would describe me as passionate about what I do

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* 55. I still have a strong passion for my career as a Surgeon

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* 56. I balance my many roles and relationships in life well

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* 57. I maintain a positive attitude despite all of the challenges in medicine

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* 58. I communicate quite well with mutual understanding

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* 59. I manage my time very well

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* 60. I inspire and/or influence others around me

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* 61. I am able to break complex problems into their simple parts

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* 62. I take opportunities to maintain my physical health

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* 63. I take opportunities to maintain my mental health

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* 64. I take opportunities to maintain my emotional health

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* 65. I take opportunities to maintain spirituality in my life

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* 66. Answer this question ONLY if you wish to receive a copy of our results.

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* 67. Answer this question ONLY if you wish to see YOUR results of the Maslach Burnout Inventory.
Recognized for more than a decade as the leading measure of burnout, the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) incorporates the extensive research that has been conducted in the more than 25 years since its initial publication.

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