Studies show women make excellent physicians, but they experience burnout at higher rates than their male colleagues. Female doctors also have higher rates of depression than average so whats going on? A study from JAMA Internal Medicine showed patients treated by female physicians had lower mortality and readmission rates compared to their male counterparts in the same hospital.Female doctors spend more time with their patients on office visits, and their patients receive more preventive care, education and counseling, and psychosocial attention, according to Health Psychology.So why are they experiencing burnout at double the rate of their male colleagues? And why do they have comparatively higher rates of depression and suicide (per research in the American Journal of Psychiatry)?Theres no single reason, and many physicians of all genders are burning out and leaving clinical practice.

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