Fellows in Training Wellness in Allergy and Immunology: AAAAI Workgroup Report

Hemant Sharma, Anil Nanda, Theresa A. Bingemann, David A. Khan, James Sussman, Denise Kalman, Giselle Mosnaim

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Physician health and wellness can be negatively affected by burnout, which in turn can lead to multiple potential professional and personal issues. Burnout issues can start in medical school and progress during residency and fellowship, and throughout a physician's career. A previous survey of allergists and immunologists reported a burnout rate of 35%. However, there are currently few data regarding health and wellness specifically for fellows-in-training (FIT) in allergy and immunology. This workgroup report was developed to assess health and wellness among FIT in our specialty. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology electronically distributed an anonymous questionnaire using the validated mini-Z survey to a total of 388 allergy and immunology FIT. In addition to the mini-Z items, the survey queried personal and professional demographic characteristics and included open-ended wellness questions. A total of 82 FIT completed the survey, yielding a 24% response rate. The burnout rate was 39%, which is lower than the national average among US physicians. Overall job satisfaction was 82%, and 72% reported satisfactory or better control over workload. Our results identify FIT-specific concerns in our specialty that can be used to develop tailored interventions to improve wellness and minimize burnout among this group. However, future surveys are needed to continue to address allergy and immunology FIT-specific wellness challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2868-2874
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Allergy and immunology
  • Burnout
  • COVID-19
  • Education
  • Fellows-in-training
  • Health
  • Stress
  • Wellness
  • Work group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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