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“In my life as the son of a doctor and a psychiatrist, I’ve run across all kinds of would-be healers and experts of the mind. I’ve never come across anyone like you or anything like this experience—the depth of clarity and awareness that you brought to this process you were facilitating within me—I just don’t know how to talk about it or find words. You were laser-focused on lighting a path for me to discover my dreams. You were working on a different dimension that I couldn’t quite see. And you did it without any pretenses or judgement or bullshit. Now I understand the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for.’ The point is not to be careful. It is to wish—and to do it connected to someone who knows a thing or two about how to make dreams come true.” ~ Psychiatrist, Wisconsin

“What happened with Pamela was kind of like psychotherapeutic brain surgery with a happy, giggly, teddy bear in a grownup fairy garden. I don’t know how else to explain it. A combination of professional development and psychotherapy with a friend. I laughed and cried a lot, and there was some really good food (and a pretty cool cat). Having been hospitalized several times for severe depression and suicidality, I can absolutely say that Pamela’s environment is much more conducive to healing than a psychiatric ward. I’m launching my own clinic when I get home to escape a very toxic operating room environment. Oh, and I left as the author of my hero’s journey.” ~ Anesthesiologist, Texas

“You brought me back to life—I have learned so much about being a healer from you. Seeing you in action was WAY MORE than what I expected. I will never forget your face, your tears, your words. Thank you for your time and love. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for seeing what you see in me. I don’t know how to thank you.” ~ Endocrinologist, Maryland

“I feel as if my life is forever changed and I am so, so deeply inspired to be guided by your light. . . . This retreat was the most amazing experience of my life, It really was. Thank you. You saved my life.”  ~ Family Medicine Resident, Pennsylvania

“This has been the best retreat EVER. You are so on top of your game despite everything you have been through this year (forest fires, personal life crises). Thank you for seeing me for who I am and being a great mentor—skillfully pulling out the best of me. I think there are so many people in this world who have lots of potential, but there aren’t a lot of people like you who can recognize that in people and help them to let their gifts flow. . . I appreciate that you try so hard to make sure that I always have the most fantastic experience. Nobody ever did that for me. And I learned that from you. Thank you for this very empowering experience.”  ~ OB/Gyn & Acupuncture, New Jersey

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“There are no words for the gift you have given me. This retreat has healed me more than the last three years of therapy. I told my parents and my brother I was attending a business strategy retreat, yet it was really a retreat on how to connect to your soul’s purpose and your inner power. After that, all of your business endeavors fall into place.”  ~ Family Medicine Resident, Colorado

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3 doctors just died while training at one NY hospital →

Three doctors just died at one NY hospital—from one internal medicine residency. Kind, caring, bright doctors. From abroad, they came to serve Americans on the frontlines, yet were never honored for their service, like Dr. Lorna Breen who died by suicide—hailed a hero by the media. No media celebrated them as heroes. No media reported their deaths. They worked 120-hr weeks for less than min. wage, ran ICUs, saved New Yorkers’ lives. Yet who helped them? Struggling, their only way out was suicide and an “accidental” drowning. Please—don’t let their lives be forgotten. 


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“Lincoln Medical Center has had 3 resident suicide deaths in the past 1 year. . . Please save us.” →

I just got these 3 emails from internal medicine physicians at one NY hospital:

“Lincoln Medical Center has had 3 resident suicide deaths in the past 1 year. This place is a shithole.. please save us.”

“Please help the residents of Lincoln Medical Center. Two, possibly three, residents committed suicide this year and two were even from the same PGY-class. I believe this is a reflection of the horrible, disgusting, and unethical conditions that we are forced to work in. The hospital administration has done the very minimum to improve the culture of the hospital and the cyclical mistreatment of the residents. Please help us. The idea of losing another resident is a painfully reality that we face everyday.”

“Saw the post on Facebook concerning Lincoln. As a resident there, I can say that this is 100% true. We work under horrible conditions with little support from administration. I’m glad somebody is speaking up. Several of my coresidents including myself have felt suicidal at some point working here.”

Then I got more messages from their friends, relatives, even LMC attending physicians and graduates of IM program. I promised to safeguard their identities so they could speak freely.

 

3 Suicides in 7 months at ONE residency program? Yes.

New York’s Lincoln Medical Center (LMC) lost 3 internal medicine (IM) residents. The IM program is 95% Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs). All victims are FMGs. All male.

Suicide #1 – Sept 2020. PGY2. History of depression. In therapy. Sent text to coresident: “I’m sorry.” Hanged himself.

Suicide #2 – Feb 2021. PGY2. Struggling. No psych help. Sudden “accidental” drowning, presumed suicide.

Suicide #3 – April 2021. PGY1. Quiet, withdrew few friends. Never got mental health help. Told family he had suicidal thoughts. They rushed to USA. When they arrival, he was dead.

 

What did LMC do about their doctor suicide crisis? Blame the victims.

After first suicide, they had a ceremony of life. Blamed the victim. Began PHQ-9 screening all interns.

After second death, head of city hospital involved. Held focus groups with residents on sexuality. Blamed the victim. Gave residents a lounge (where they do same work in different location).

After third suicide, a group from psychiatry met with IM residents.

All three victims were blamed for having mental health issues and/or struggles. No system accountability.

“Well, this is the third celebration of life this year. Now we’ve got a lounge and lip service.” ~ LMC Doctor

 

Hazardous working conditions amid abusive culture

Workload is intense. Interns thrown into pandemic without support. Many sick during COVID. Never tested, had to keep working.

“Residents are always drinking and they are all trying to support each other. Most are single. They need mental health support and breaks. More support from admin. It’s an old-school residency with scutwork. They draw blood, hang IVs, transport patients. Very abused working 120-hour weeks.” ~ Relative of LMC IM Resident

“I interviewed at this hospital and the residents told me they ‘regularly work 120+ hours a week’ regardless of the ACGME duty-hour restrictions.” ~ Resident Physician

As heavy as the workload is, the real problem is the culture in which residents are abused, beaten down, and disrespected.

“Internal medicine attendings are derogatory of residents. They demand perfections. If something goes wrong, they blame the resident, not the system.”  ~ LMC Doctor

“Residents in the program can be contentious. The PGY2s boss around PGY1s and are not supportive. Residents make mistakes the coresidents are blamed. Lots of backstabbing and no trust. We even had a physical assault.” ~ LMC Doctor

“Nurses treat residents poorly. Nurses have a tight union with labor hour restriction so they’ll say, ‘that’s not in my job description’ and boss around residents. Social workers yell and boss the residents around as well. Patients in South Bronx have high levels of poverty and homelessness and that leads to an atmosphere of hopeless.” ~ LMC Doctor

“I was at Lincoln. It’s the worst place in the world. We all have PTSD. I know 2 of the people who died.” ~ LMC IM Residency Graduate

Abusive and hazardous culture continues even after ACGME complaints filed as residents give positive reviews when interviewed by ACGME for fear retaliation, career suicide, deportation (employer-sponsored visa attached to abusive hospital).

A quick overview medical education abuse:

 

Residents lives are disposable, easily replaced—especially FMGs

Since 2014, I’ve reported on the rampant human rights violations in medicine that lead to doctor suicides. FMGs are at higher risk. In US and NYC for the first time with no social support, their only friends are coresidents and they can’t always trust them.

“This is violence against a vulnerable resident population. Most of us are FMGs and gagged. Nobody wants to speak up, in fear that they will lose their chance for fellowships or visas.” ~ Resident Physician

I interviewed a physician who explains how US exploits FMGs for cheap labor—resulting in doctor suicides here:

 

Media will not cover these suicides

Lincoln’s dead doctors were once hailed as heroes, cheered from rooftops by New Yorlers during pandemic. They saved lives of American citizens. Yet media will not cover their deaths or publicly honor them. No surprise to me. I’ve amassed more than 1,600 doctor suicides on a registry and 99% of US victims get no media attention.

3 doctors suicides in my town (Eugene, OR) in just over a year:  #1) 51M urologist on 4/25/11,  #2) 54M family physician on 10/1/12,  #3) 46M vascular surgeon on 12/18/12. Media silence.

3 doctor suicides at Loma Linda residencies in just over 6 months: #1) 30M anesthesiology resident on 7/30/17,  #2) 29M psychiatry resident on 11/6/17, #3) 30F anesthesiology resident on 2/12/18. Media silence.

3 doctor suicides at Mount Sinai within 2 years. #1) 28F IM resident on 3/9/16,  #2) 27F fourth-year med student on 8/17/16,  #3) 33F third day as attending on 1/18/18. Media silence.

After her suicide was covered up with a tarp and silence, I flew to NYC and to lead a candlelight vigil and 10-hour memorial service and eulogy for the third victim at Mount Sinai (despite threats from the hospital). I mentioned the suicides at Loma Linda and Mount Sinai in award-winning documentary, Do No Harm: Exposing The Hippocratic Hoax  by Emmy-winning filmmaker who exposes the doctor suicide crisis.

 

Without systemic change, we are just waiting for the next suicide

Those I spoke with agreed that the toxic culture persists and “everyone just shrugs their shoulders.”  They were supposed to hire an outside psychologist by July 1. Never happened. The new intern class started July 1 and are now at risk.

“Leadership does not care enough to address system . They send condolences and move on. No real investment.” ~ LMC Attending Physician

“Lincoln will not do anything until it is in the public eye. They do not want to admit vulnerability of the hospital or the internal medicine program. Without systemic change, we are just waiting for the next suicide. Needs to be in the media, No news outlet has made any splash about it.”  ~ LMC Attending Physician

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Resident Retaliation—Your Legal Rights →

This past week several residents have contacted me in the aftermath of a recent suicide of their co-resident to express fears of retaliation for standing up for their rights and the rights of the deceased resident who killed himself as a direct result of how his residency and hospital mistreated him. Moments ago I got a text from a medical student who is being harassed by his school for standing up for his human rights and the rights of a peer who died at the school. Retaliatory tactics are sadly commonplace in medicine for anyone who speaks up about hazardous working conditions. Please review chapter below from Human Rights Violations in Medicine for your medicolegal rights and how to proceed.

Resident Retaliation: An adverse action taken against a resident physician who exercises a protected legal right.

Retaliation is illegal when the action preceding the retaliation is protected by law. Physician trainees often experience retaliation when complaining about harassment and discrimination.

“When I spoke up about an attending groping me at the scrub sink, the physician in charge of my residency program told me, ‘He brings money into this hospital and you don’t. Either shut up or get out of the program.’ After that, I was seen as the problem.”

One obstetrician known for his threats and abuse of residents would end checkout with, “Your daddy’s lawyer can’t save you from me!”

“I was a new physician in my dream job, five months pregnant, when my 15-month-old had a febrile seizure in the middle of the night. I called out. I was nervous. I returned to my shift once my husband came home. The next day a nasty email arrived in my inbox accusing me of lacking accountability, integrity, and ‘burnout.’ ‘My baby had a seizure,’ I said to myself in disbelief. I took my concerns to the director of this major health corporation only to be written up for ‘lack of integrity and ‘burnout.’ The mistreatment did not stop. I was left in two 12-hour shifts in a row, not allowed to leave at six months pregnant. As a gestational diabetic with a high-volume patient load and no proper staffing, I would lie on the bathroom floor in between patients because I was in and out of consciousness as I could not eat properly for fear I would be written up if a patient complained they were not seen fast enough. When my supervisor would ‘drop by,’ he commented, ‘We need to hire more men; they don’t get pregnant.’ Women at this company keep coming forward with similar tales so I sought help from federal agencies tasked with protecting us from discrimination and workplace bullying only to be told if I had not been sexually assaulted and/or fired wrongfully, I had limited rights.”

“I failed my first emergency medicine rotation in third year because I had a miscarriage. I had to take two weeks off and the attending agreed to pass me for a two-week rotation, but then didn’t. All I ever wanted to be was an emergency doc. The subsequent glowing recommendations I received from other emergency rotations didn’t help. All residencies saw was that failure. And my school let it stand. Apparently, you’re supposed to still be on rotation and seeing patients with your baby falling out of your uterus.”

Retaliation even impacts the lives of physicians protecting their peers.

“Where I went to residency, the male faculty (married) were having sex with female residents in the call rooms. One female resident attempted suicide due to the pressure. I blew the whistle to the dean over our program. I was thrown out of residency. Years later, they still give me a hard time, and have allowed tampered education records to remain in my file because it was ‘my fault’ for blowing the whistle.”

TAKE ACTION NOW

  1. Reference Discrimination and Harassment chapters for specific action steps in your situation.

  2. Educate and protect other medical professionals who are experiencing retaliation when speaking up about human rights violations in medicine.

  3. Avoid submitting complaints internally without legal counsel. Remember Human Resources protects your employer, not you. Your case is solid if you have documentation and an attorney representing you.

  4. Reference Human Rights Violations Documentation Guidelines (read them here).

Retaliation article published from Human Rights Violation in Medicine: A-to-Z Action Guide—The Ultimate Manual for Medical Student & Physician Self-Defense. Read the first portion of book free by clicking on book cover on Amazon here or below:

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Mental health care packages & retreats →

Med students, doctors—all healers: If you can personally share treats with 5 co-residents/peers, you get one of the last 100 gift boxes going out this weekend . . .

Mark Your Calendar—Each Weekend in May

May 1 ~ Kick off Mental Health Awareness Month with award-winning Do No Harm film (view trailer) exposing our doctor suicide crisis. * View film with BONUS features here.

May 2 ~ Free panel discussion on Sunday with Emmy-winning filmmaker, Robyn Symon, Dr. Wible, John & Michele Dietl who lost their son to suicide in med school. (5 pm PDT/8 pm EST) **no requirement to view film to attend free discussion**

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