Burnout in Israeli medical students: a national survey

Peter Gilbey (Lead / Corresponding author), Mandy Moffat, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Omri Cohen, Galit Neufeld Kroszynski, Orit Karnieli-Miller, Roni Gillis, Jacob Urkin, Khen Moscovici

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Introduction: Professional burnout is characterized by loss of enthusiasm for work, cynicism, and a low sense of personal efficacy. Burnout may adversely affect medical professionalism. Burnout is common in clinicians and varying rates have been reported in medical students. No data exist regarding the prevalence of burnout among Israeli medical students. The aims of this study were to assess the rate of burnout in Israeli medical students and to identify students who were particularly susceptible to burnout.

Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire design was employed, gathering data from medical students in all years of study across three medical schools. Burnout was measured using the Maslach Burnout Inventory Student Survey (MBI-SS), translated into Hebrew.

Results: Of the 2160 students in the participating medical schools, 966 (44.7%) completed MBI-SS and demographic questionnaires. The overall burnout rate was 50.6%. Multivariate logistic regression analysis yielded that female gender, age under 25, advanced year of study, studying at a specific medical school and not being a parent are all significantly correlated with higher levels of burnout.

Conclusions: A high rate of burnout was found. The identification of young women who are not parents during advanced years of studies as being at-risk is important, in order to guide the development of burnout prevention interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number55
Number of pages11
JournalBMC Medical Education
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2023


  • Burnout
  • Medical student
  • Undergraduate
  • Israel
  • Emotional Exhaustion
  • Cynicism


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