Category: Physician Suicide

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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Should pilots, doctors & truckers work 28-hour shifts? →

How long could you drive without dozing off? Maybe 8 hours? Possibly 10? How many hours do you think a long-haul trucker could drive without swerving into your lane? Would you ever want an 80,0000 pound rig coming at you

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What I say to suicidal physicians →

This week a resident asked, “What do you say to suicidal physicians?”  Great question! For an expanded version of the three simple things I say to suicidal physicians (applies to anyone who is suicidal), please listen to my podcast here and

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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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Hospital fires doctor for having cancer →

Dear Pamela, You’ll never guess what happened to me today. Hours after the National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide volunteer webpage went live, I received an email stating that I am officially terminated from my psychiatry residency program.

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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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Please sign my physician suicide letter →

Petition to end medical student and physician suicide Dear AAMC and ACGME, This week we lost another bright, young soul to suicide. Sean Petro was in his third year at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and

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Don’t let your job suck the life out of you →

This is an urgent message for doctors and everyone in health care. It may also apply to you.  “If you are standing at the corner working on your charts or sitting in your bed working on your charts or you

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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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How to save a broken battered suicidal surgery resident →

April 22, 2016 Hi Dr. Wible,  I am a third-year surgery resident at a massive academic center and a struggling wife… I have had an atrocious year and have thought of suicide nearly daily. Tonight I was actually searching for

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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 and this Facebook message. Student: Hi Pamela. I don’t know if you have heard. But there was a death at our school yesterday in

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