Category: Physician Suicide

“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

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

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

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

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

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

Medicine’s dirty secret—an interview with Dr. Wible →

Medicine’s dirty secret. Dr. Pamela Wible interviewed by Dr. LaKeisha W. McMillan. Fully transcribed below. Listen on iTunes or download MP3 here.  Episode 68: “Shhh . . they want us to keep it a secret” with Dr. Pamela Wible.  (Note: Interview

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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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Why doctors kill themselves →

TEDMED talk by Pamela Wible, M.D. Read fully transcribed TEDMED talk. For more information on how you can help stop the loss of our brilliant and compassionate healers, see Dr. Wible’s TEDMED page. For the complete and unedited letters featured in

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TEDMED Talk: Why Doctors Kill Themselves →

Pamela Wible, M.D., takes on physician suicide in her TEDMED talk (delivered on November 18, 2015 and now released to the public on March 23, 2016). Learn more about Dr. Wible and her talk at TEDMED.com. Full transcription below: I love

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Three young doctors jump to their deaths in NYC →

This week I learned of a third physician who has jumped to her death in NYC. Her colleague writes: Dear Pamela,  A medical resident died at my apartment building (subsidized housing for hospital employees) yesterday. I must have obliviously walked under

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Emmy award winning filmmaker takes on med student suicide (view movie trailer) →

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Two-time Emmy award winning filmmaker, Robyn Symon, takes on the physician suicide crisis that has claimed the lives of countless medical students, doctors, and patients. LOGLINE: Medical students and families of physicians touched by suicide come out of the

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