Category: Physician Suicide

A doctor suicide is more important than a cookie recipe →

I spent last weekend in NYC. I didn’t go to a Broadway Show. I didn’t go shopping at Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue. I didn’t dine at any fine restaurants. Instead, I sat at 515 W. 59th—the location of the most

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My eulogy to Dr. Deelshad Joomun →

Tonight we gather as a community. Each of us to shine our light on the most recent suicide. On the life of a brilliant, loving, kind woman. A woman who dedicated her very life to helping and healing others. As

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Doctor suicide: where are the vigils, cards & flowers? →

Two days ago a beautiful young doctor jumped to her death beside her NYC hospital. A resident in the victim’s building writes: “I first heard of this tragedy from your Facebook page. I am so disgusted by the silence. I

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Suicided doctor: covered up with a tarp—and silence. →

Yesterday afternoon another young doctor jumped to her death in NYC. She landed at the entrance of the building where she lived. Within less than an hour, I received the following emails about her. All published with permission. “Hello Pamela,

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The most honest obituary →

Sometimes there are no words. Not even a eulogy. Then one courageous family writes this obituary. [This obituary was written by Rachel Dawson, his wife, with the blessing of his parents] In it they share how their son lost his

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Doctor-bashing (dead) doctors →

Dr. Jon Azkue dies by suicide and media reports his death as an “inconvenience to patients.” He’s treated as if he is guilty of a crime. No sympathy. No sadness for the loss of a man who dedicated his entire

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Words that blame doctors →

Dr. Kat Lopez: “Today I’d like to share with you some words used by the medical-industrial complex to blame doctors for the problems—including human rights abuses—that they are perpetrating upon these poor enslaved employees. These words include burnout—blaming the victim

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What I’ve learned from 757 doctor suicides →

This article featured in The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune Five years ago today I was at a memorial. Another suicide. Our third doctor in 18 months. Everyone kept whispering, “Why?” I was determined to find out. So I started

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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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I just lost my son to suicide. What can I do? →

Dear Dr. Wible, I lost my beautiful son Evan to suicide four weeks ago. He was a second year internal medicine resident—a very smart, loving and funny man! He left a lengthy letter and in it he stated, “I do

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Doctor suicide ‘inconveniences’ patients →

Jon Azkue, a Chicago-area doctor, died by suicide just before completing his training. I first reported his death a few years ago. This is a follow-up story on his suicide. What really happened to Dr. Azkue? And why? In this

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Doctor revived after suicide. Here’s what he says. →

In this podcast, I share insights from a doc who barely survived his suicide attempt plus simple ways to prevent the next suicide. Listen in. You may save a life. Dear Pamela, I’ve never been so happy to fail at something

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