Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies


Objective: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the provider shortage, the United States has been conducting a lot of research into the factors that lead to burnout amongst healthcare providers. One such area of particular focus has been academic burnout correlating to the training of future medical providers. The aim of this study will be to explore whether medical academic burnout is only prevalent in the United States or if other countries around the world have recognized this problem in their population of healthcare students and have started to pursue ways to address this problem. Methods: Through the use of a literature review methodology and design, this study analyzed 11 different peer-reviewed studies from 2 different educational databases (PubMed, Google Scholar) as well as qualitative data from personal testimonies of healthcare providers in Costa Rica. All of these studies were focused around whether medical academic burnout was present in these 16 different countries. Results: Following a detailed and standardized review of each study, all 11 studies and 16 countries were found to have evidence of medical academic burnout within their healthcare student population. Conclusion: Medical academic burnout is a worldwide phenomenon and is in urgent need of further research into preventative strategies in order to reduce its prevalence in the healthcare student population across the globe.


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