Category: Medical Student Suicide

Professor tells med students to kill themselves →

This week a distraught mother calls me about her son. His professor (at a US med school) repeatedly tells medical students they are “too stupid to be doctors and should kill themselves.” A physician friend shares that the same guy

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Physician Suicide Letters—Answered (FREE Audiobook) →

This FREE audiobook of Physician Suicide Letters—Answered, read by the author Dr. Pamela Wible, is dedicated to all medical students, to every child who has ever dreamed of being a doctor, and to all those who have lost their lives

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Suicide censorship? Grieving mom speaks out. →

Dear Dr. Wible, As you know I lost my son Sean Petro on Mother’s Day 2016 but he wasn’t found until two days later. From the moment Sean was found by USC/Keck police in his apartment I have been treated

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What depressed doctors do (when nobody’s looking) →

Do depressed doctors go to doctors? Do they even seek help? What do depressed doctors do when they’re not helping you? Doctors have affairs. They drink alcohol and smoke pot. They steal prescription medications. They binge-eat crap, scream, and exercise

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Surgeon General’s Warning: Medical school may kill your child. →

Cheryl lost her son Sean to suicide in medical school. Just a few months ago. Her only child. Cheryl didn’t know that medical students were at high risk of suicide—until her son was dead. Nobody warned her. Rhonda lost her

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Our town lost 8 doctors to suicide. Here’s why. (Dinner & documentary with Dr. Wible) →

Jumping off hospital rooftops, hanging themselves in janitorial closets, overdoing on drugs—our doctors are dying by suicide. Why?  Join us Friday, November 11 at Tsunami Books in Eugene, Oregon, for a marvelous Mediterranean dinner to celebrate Dr. Wible’s book, Physician

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“Died suddenly at home” is not a diagnosis. How medical institutions cover up suicides. →

This week I learned of yet another medical student suicide. Ari Frosch, a second-year student at Penn, died by suicide by walking onto the northbound tracks as a Boston-bound Amtrak train passed through Mansfield station. Amtrak trains do not stop at

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“If physician suicide were an infectious disease it would be on the news every night and we’d have a body count.” →

In August 2016 more than 600 people came together in 11 cities across America to stand in solidarity—and to say “no more” to medical student and physician suicide. Here are some of the speakers from the event in New York

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Medical student: “I was less stressed in Afghanistan” →

Dear Pamela, Let me start off by telling you that I am a warrior, a protector, and a healer. I am an Army Veteran. I’ve worked as an EMT, completed a bachelors degree and 2 years of medical school, plus

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Physician suicide book banned, stolen from hospital →

Letter I just received from an anesthesiologist: Pamela, I had previously written you about the death of one of our residents in the anesthesia department [of a prominent US hospital]. I had mentioned another death [confirmed suicide] of a former

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Are euphemisms killing physicians? →

A euphemism is a vague and indirect expression substituted for a fact to avoid something unpleasant or embarrassing. Each year more than one million Americans lose their doctors to suicide. Across the country, our doctors are jumping from hospital rooftops,

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Humanizing medical education: How to grow a happy doctor →

Pamela Wible, M.D., speaks to 500 medical educators at AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) on April 7, 2016. Thought provoking & funny. Fully transcribed below: (Note: Video contains scenes from documentary film, DO NO HARM.  2016 Copyright

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These parents lost their child. What they do next is amazing. . . →

Meet Michele and John Dietl. Here they are with their kids, Kevin and Diana: A prankster and life of the party, Kevin is dancing with his mom, Michele: One year ago on April 23, 2015, Kevin died by suicide just

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Today I lost 3 more doctors to suicide →

I just woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Oregon. Then I got two emails about medical student/physician suicides and this Facebook message. Student: Hi Pamela. I don’t know if you have heard. But there was a death at

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You’re not burned out. You’ve been abused. →

Please stop using the word burnout. You’re not burned out. You’ve been abused. Let’s get the diagnosis right. We enter medicine as inspired, intelligent, compassionate humanitarians. Soon we’re cynical and exhausted. How did all these totally amazing and high-functioning people

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