It's called "burnout" because "depression" means the medical boards might deny you a license to practice the profession you've sacrificed years of your life for.
It's called "burnout" because that novel terminology allows novel "solutions" like wellness seminars. If it were called something else it might require some kind of actual intervention.
It's called "burnout" because house staff are a renewable resource. Use up the fuel, graduate them, and take on a new batch.
It's called "burnout" because we are living up to the ideal of the medical ubermensch and there's a twisted nobility in over-exerting yourself to the point of psychological damage. See, I worked so hard I burned out. No puny human limitations for me!
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