Physician Burnout Rates by Specialty in 2021

Emergency medicine and critical care had the highest rates of burnout in 2021 (and in 2020). Get a quick look at this stress indicator for 27 more disciplines.

Emergency medicine clinicians reported the highest rates of burnout for 2021 followed by critical care specialists, according to results of a new Medscape survey. They were the top 2 in 2020, too, but in reverse order.

Across 29 specialties, almost half (47%) of the >13 000 physicians surveyed reported feeling burned out during the second full year of caring for COVID-19.

Here's how the specialties shook out (note that the list includes ties).