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Burnout in Resident Doctors Is Common; Study Found Unionization Doesn’t Help

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Unionized surgical resident programs are more likely to offer additional vacation time and housing stipends, but unions had no impact on burnout, mistreatment, or other benefits, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Burnout in resident physicians is common, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as frontline medical workers have worked longer hours amid riskier and more stressful environments. Some medical professionals have contemplated if unionizing residents could alleviate burnout among resident physicians. 

These findings, however, suggest that, while helpful in some ways, resident unionization is not a cure-all, according to senior study author Dr ...