BACKGROUND: Burnout and medical resident well-being has become an increasingly studied topic in medical degree (MD) and doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) fields and specialties which has led to systemic changes in postgraduate education and training. Although an important topic to address for physicians of all experience levels and fields of practice, there is little research on this topic as it pertains specifically to the podiatric community. METHODS: A wellness needs assessment (WNA) was developed and distributed to podiatric residents via electronic survey. This was used to assess levels of overall wellness of residents as well as highlight several subdomains of well-being within the training programs of the podiatric profession. RESULTS: A total of 121 residents completed the wellness needs assessment. Survey respondents indicated that they suffer from high levels of professional burnout with large numbers of them experiencing depression and anxiety. When analyzing the different subdomains of wellness, intellectual and environmental wellness was high, while financial and physical wellness were reported as low. Additionally, free response answers were recorded within the survey regarding well-being initiatives that have been implemented within residency programs, and in many cases no such programs are reported to exist. CONCLUSIONS:Podiatry residents experience compromised well-being similar to their MD/DO counterparts. These exploratory survey group results are concerning and warrant further investigation as well as organizational introspection. Analysis of well-being and implementing changes that can support podiatric physicians at all levels of training could decrease the deleterious effects of burnout in all its forms.

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