Association Between Team Learning Behavior and Reduced Burnout Among Medicine Residents

  • Christopher G. Myers
  • Heather F. Sateia
  • Sanjay V. Desai
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Burnout is a pervasive and alarming issue for physicians-in-training (residents), as well as practicing physicians, with significant consequences for resident well-being, care quality, and patient safety.1,]2 Efforts to address burnout have emphasized both organization-level factors that create more supportive environments and individual-level factors that enhance physician resilience in the face of challenges.2,]3 However, residents primarily work in teams—delivering patient care with fellow trainees, faculty, and interprofessional colleagues. Team practices and behaviors have been found to impact how individuals experience their work1,]4—yet, the relationship of these team-level factors to resident burnout is still largely unknown.

Therefore, we explore the unique contribution of team practices in understanding resident burnout, focusing in particular on team learning behavior—a concept from organizational behavior research reflecting the extent to which team members...


burnout medical education organizational behavior 


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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Sateia serves as a Welch Allyn Primary Care Advisory Board member. All other authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher G. Myers
    • 1
    • 2
  • Heather F. Sateia
    • 2
  • Sanjay V. Desai
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Carey Business SchoolJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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