Corrigendum to “Association of burnout with emotional intelligence and personality in surgical residents: Can we predict who is most at risk?” [J Surg Educ (2017) e22–e30] (S1931720417304786) (10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.11.001))

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  • The authors regret that the percentage of residents categorized as having ‘high burnout’ was artificially high in the manuscript due to use of a 1–7 scoring scale rather than 0–6. The text should read as follows (changes in bold): Page e22: Results: Severe burnout was observed in 24% of residents (n = 20). Page e22: Conclusions: Surgical residents have concerning levels of burnout. Page e24: The mean score for emotional exhaustion (EE) was 20.2 (SD 11.5) and depersonalization (DP) was 7.9 (SD 6.1). Because EE has been shown to be most associated with early signs of burnout, from this point, ‘burnout’ will mean EE scores 24 . Almost a quarter of initial survey respondents (24%) met criteria for high burnout (EE score ≥ 27). Slightly less than half (45%) of residents had no or low levels of burnout (EE score <16). Page e25: As illustrated in Figure 2A, the proportion of study participants reporting high levels of burnout (EE score ≥ 27) across the September, January, and May survey administrations was 24%, 17%, and 32%, respectively, which was not significantly different on Chi-square analysis (p = 0.07). Separate chi-square comparisons of residents scoring in high and low burnout categories between each survey administration (Sept-Jan, Jan-May, and Sept-May) revealed no significant differences, although there was a trend toward more residents with low burnout levels between September and January (45% to 52%, p = 0.06). Page e26: Mean EE and DP scores remained largely consistent across the survey administrations (EE Scores: 20.2 + 11.5, 17.6 + 10.7, and 20.9 + 12.8; DP scores 7.9 + 6.1, 8.0 + 6.3, and 9.5 + 7.5. DP scores steadily increased over the year, remaining in the moderate category of 7–12. Female gender was the only demographic characteristic significantly associated with EE score for the September and January survey administrations, reported as mean ± SD for female and male participants, respectively (23.3 ± 12.9 vs 17.4 ± 9.4 in September, p = 0.02; 20.5 ± 12.5 vs 15.1 ± 8.2 in January, p = 0.02). Page e28: Although a concerning number of resident physicians in this study exhibited high levels of burnout, higher levels of EI appear to be protective against burnout. Page e29: In conclusion, our results confirm that surgical residents have concerning levels of burnout. Table 2: Table 2 in this manuscript has been revised according to the updated burnout data described above. Figure 2: Figure 2A in this manuscript has been revised according to the updated burnout data described above. FIGURE 2. (A) Change in percent of residents experiencing emotional exhaustion, categorized as low, moderate, or severe across Time Points 1-3. The authors would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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  • Lindeman B; Petrusa E; McKinley S; Hashimoto DA; Gee D; Smink DS; Mullen JT; Phitayakorn R
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