Document Type

Original Report


Higher Education | Medicine and Health Sciences


Background: Mitigating resident burnout is a high priority for medical centers. Monitoring residents’ overall perceptions of their training environments could be a reliable indicator of potential future burnout. Furthermore, recent national studies suggest procedural specialties have a higher burnout rate and lower satisfaction than non-procedural specialties. In the current study, we utilized institutional data from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) resident survey to better understand trends related to our residency program learning environments over time (2012-2018) and by specialty grouping (procedural versus non-procedural).

Methods: Annual ACGME survey results from 2012 to 2018 were retrospectively analyzed to determine trends in resident satisfaction. Specifically, satisfaction was defined as a “very positive” or “positive” response on the survey. Programs with an average of four or more residents were included. The programs were categorized into procedural versus non-procedural specialties and differential trends between the two groups were analyzed.

Results: A total of 17 residency programs were included in this study (nine procedural and eight non-procedural), with a combined average satisfaction score (“very positive” plus “positive”) over all years of 89%, which is slightly better than the annual national means (87-88%). Using this combined average score, residents in procedural residency programs rated their satisfaction higher (93%) when compared to non-procedural specialties (87%). Further analysis demonstrated that procedural specialties had higher combined satisfaction scores every year of the study except for 2018. Conversely, residents in non-procedural specialties had a higher “positive” rating when compared to procedural specialties (range of 28.5-44% versus 15-33%, respectively).

Conclusion: The results of our study demonstrate that the overall satisfaction scores for our academic center are comparable to or better than the national patterns, with a favorable trend towards the procedural specialties.




Resident, Survey, ACGME

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