Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 2785–2789 | Cite as

Satisfaction and Sustainability in a Surgical Career

  • Kelly K. HuntEmail author
  • Hannah F. Wingate
Breast Oncology


Surgery is an extremely rewarding career, but it can also be emotionally and physically exhausting. Awareness of physicians’ tendency to become burned out during their careers is increasing. The goal of the keynote address at the 19th annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Orlando, Florida was to acknowledge the increased rates of burnout and decreased satisfaction with surgical careers, and to identify ways to sustain satisfaction with a surgical career.

The focus of this article and the keynote address is how to recognize burnout and what can be done about it. However, it is important to note that although burnout is a significant problem, the majority of surgeons are satisfied with their careers.

A 2008 survey conducted through the American College of Surgeons (ACS), yielding data from 7905 surgeons in both academic and private practice, assessed their satisfaction in their careers.1The good news is that most respondents would become a physician...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Breast Surgical OncologyThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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