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Medical mistakes—how to heal guilt, shame, and self-blame →

Late last night I got this email: “Hello I am a nurse struggling with a medical error that may have led to a patient death and I need support.”

I texted her:

I called her just after midnight.

I asked how she found me.

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Hospital fines doctors for keeping patients healthy →

Hospital taxes doctors for keeping patients healthy.

To care for patients in the hospital, docs have to be on staff and pay yearly dues. I was paying $300/year. Then I got a bill for $700. Why? I only had one patient in the hospital last year.

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Can’t pay your hospital bills? Call 1-800-U-R-FUCKED (Seriously) →

Can’t pay your hospital bills?

Call 1-800-U-R-FUCKED (1-800-873-8253).


This is my Catholic hospital.

“Thank you for calling PeaceHealth Patient Financial Services. To make a payment, request an itemized bill, hear your last payment, or check your balance, press one .

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Trauma Amnesia →


Trauma amnesia is when your brain blocks a trauma (suddenly recalled later). Two example: 1) I called a retired surgeon for details on a surgeon suicide from 20 years ago. After we spoke, he suddenly recalled 6 more doctor suicides; 2)Writing my memoir I suddenly recalled for the first time in 36 years,

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Autopsy of an Assassin: 60 years ago JFK was shot. My stepmom identified his killer. →

Winter break during my first year in college, I was introduced to my new stepmom Linda, a forensic pathologist who specialized in child homicide cases. Her interests may have been too gory for some kids. For me she was never the “wicked” stepmother. She became my loving second mom, my medical mentor—and my hero.

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Doctor Buys Patients Gym Memberships →

Fear and isolation have led to alarming rates of anxiety, depression—even suicides—in our community and exercise is a great way to shed ‘pandemic pounds,’ improve mental health, and combat social withdrawal—all while supporting a local business—a win-win for everyone.

So I’m announcing a philanthropic community partnership with IN Shape Fitness to help combat the devastating physical,

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Are Burnout and Medical Errors Among US Surgeons a Major Problem? →

Are Burnour and Medical Errors Among US Surgeons a Major Problem?
Surgeons are not Navy SEALs and should not be trained or treated like frontline special forces.

We must remember surgeon burnout when we are addressing health worker burnout. Surgeons suffer burnout more than most other medical specialties.

I’m Dr. Pamela Wible and I run a free doctor suicide helpline.

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Quitting Medical Residency | Quitting Residency During Intern Year & After →

Quitting Medical Residency. Yes, You CAN Quit Residency

Quitting Medical Residency: Quitting Residency During Intern Year And After.  Is it possible to quit residency and still work as a doctor or get another job outside clinical medicine?

What happens when a medical resident quits their job? When a future doctor walks away from a residency program—is that the end of their medical career?

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Perfectionism is deadly. How to heal from a medical mistake. →

In memory of Kaitlyn Elkins, a “successful” medical student at the top of her class, who died by suicide due to perfectionism, loneliness & untreated depression.

I know several physicians who died by suicide due to minor medical mistakes. In their suicide notes they claim an inability to forgive themselves.

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Physician Support Groups—Sundays →

Physician Support Groups | Physician Wellness Retreats

Physician Trauma Recovery (2 pm EST) ~ Heal from suicidal thoughts, childhood or residency abuse & more. (2 hr).  ❤️  Pandemic Healing (4 pm EST) ~ Get help for long haul, job loss,

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Morton Krouse—the Ralph Nader of medicine (& the man behind my dreams) →

I believe life is a spiritual relay race. We inherit the unlived dreams of our ancestors. Uncle Morty was born 1 week after me & exactly 50 years before—so we’re Sagittarius soulmates! My visionary uncle is the ancestral energy that fuels my passion for healing. Uncle Morty is the Ralph Nader of medicine &

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Why doctors must share their personal stories →

My dear friend opened her own clinic, but she wasn’t attracting the right patients despite a great website, fair pricing, and wonderful free educational videos. Only one thing was missing—her personal story. I encouraged her to write the real reason why she opened her clinic—the one she had shared with me through her tears.

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Healing Physician Trauma with Drs. Gabor Maté & Pamela Wible →

Today I was honored to be a participant in a stellar physician panel of international leaders in the field of trauma with Gabor Maté, M.D., Rupa Marya, M.D., Will Van Derveer, M.D., and Jeffrey Rediger, M.D., M.Div.

View 5-minute clip above on healing physician trauma then view entire talk here.

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Remembering our fallen physicians →


For Labor Day & Suicide prevention week, may we remember our physicians who worked until their last breaths. All published with permission.

Dr. Greg Miday admitted the greatest number of patients to Barnes Hx as a nocturnist. Years after his suicide,

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What NOT to do after a medical error →

If you are a doctor (or med student/health professional) and you are human, you’ve probably made a medical mistake. You’ve probably not received emotional support for the mistake. Maybe you’ve never told anyone about a mistake that still haunts you today. 

The truth is most all physicians have admitted to medical mistakes sometime in their careers.

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