Psychiatry ranks among the most depressed physician specialties

Psychiatry is among the 10 most depressed physician specialties, according to a study led by researchers from Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford University School of Medicine.

The study, published in the December issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, examined depression and burnout rates of 7,360 physicians from the American Medical Association's Physician Professional Data who responded to a survey in late 2020 and early 2021. 

It also found that ophthalmology was the physician specialty with the lowest rate of depression at 19.1%, according to a Feb. 20 report on the study from the AMA.

Here are the 10 most depressed physician specialties from the study:

  1. Urology: 38.5%.
  2. Emergency medicine: 38.3%.
  3. Family medicine: 35.8%.
  4. Obstetrics and gynecology: 33.6%.
  5. General internal medicine: 33.3%.
  6. Physical medicine and rehabilitation: 32.7%.
  7. Radiology: 32%.
  8. Pediatric subspecialty: 31.9%.
  9. Psychiatry: 31.8%.
  10. Dermatology: 31.6%.

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