Burnout in International Medical Students: Characterization of Professionalism and Loneliness as Predictive Factors of Burnout

Ivan P Gradiski, Ana Borovecki, Marko Ćurković, Montserrat San-Martín, Roberto C Delgado Bolton, Luis Vivanco 
Submitted: January, 2022

Burnout is a common mental problem in medical students. For those who are following medical studies abroad there is a higher risk of suffering this syndrome, due to the combination of academic stress and the stress derived from their new living situation. This study was performed with the purpose of testing the following hypothesis: in medical students enrolled in medical programs abroad, abilities associated with professionalism and family support play a protective role in the prevention of suffering burnout.

A cross-sectional study was performed in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, where a fully English medical program is offered. The general version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI-GS) was used as a dependent variable, while Jefferson Scales of empathy, teamwork, and physician lifelong learning and the Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale for Adults were used as predictive variables. In addition, information related to sex, country of birth, native language, age, academic achievement, and living situation were collected in a socio-demographic form. Linear regression models were applied to identify predictors of burnout.

Resource Type:
  • Peer Reviewed Research
  • Burnout
  • Professionalism