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Physician suicide book banned, stolen from hospital →

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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 internal medicine resident who had just started his fellowship.

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Are euphemisms killing physicians? →

Pamela Wible Euphemisms Kill

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, overdosing in call rooms, found hanging in hospital chapels.

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Humanizing medical education: How to grow a happy doctor →

Pamela Wible, M.D., speaks to 500 medical educators at AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) on April 7, 2016. Thought provoking & funny. Fully transcribed below: (Note: Video contains scenes from documentary film, DO NO HARM.  2016 Copyright Symon Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved).

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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:

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A prankster and life of the party, Kevin is dancing with his mom, Michele:

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On April 23, 2015, Kevin died by suicide just 10 days before he was to graduate medical school.

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Today I lost 3 more doctors to suicide →

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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 our school yesterday in the class of 2018.

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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 get screwed up so fast? ATTENTION medical students and doctors: It’s NOT your fault. 

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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.

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For the complete and unedited letters featured in her TEDMED talk,

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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 the three things that people fear the most: death,

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

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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 shadows to expose the truth about a sick healthcare system that not only risks patients’ lives,

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I’m Dr. Wible and I speak for the victims →

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On February 4, 2016, I delivered this speech to 250 citizens of Missouri at a fundraiser for a documentary on physician suicide.

I’m here to speak for the victims—medical students and physicians who’ve died by suicide and others on the edge now who have written to me.

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Physician Suicide Letters—Answered by Pamela Wible, M.D. →

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When is a taboo topic no longer taboo? When is it okay to stop hiding behind euphemisms? When is it safe to tell the truth? The answer is now.

This week I uploaded 53 chapters of physician suicide letters in a book that became a #1 Amazon bestseller in less than 24 hours.

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Physician Suicide Letters—Answered (a sneak peek inside my new book) →

On January 11, 2016, just before midnight, I uploaded a game-changing book to Amazon. I’m now awaiting my proof before releasing the book to the world. (As of January 15th it’s now available on Amazon here). Medical education and practice will never be the same.

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Our message of hope for medical students & doctors →

“I know there’s a lot of you out there that are feeling disillusioned. You’re wondering why did I spend all those years in medical school and training, why am I hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. I hate this. I hate this profession. I don’t feel like this is me.

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Discouraged? Depressed? Suicidal? Watch this. →

“I know there’s a lot of you out there that are feeling disillusioned. You’re wondering why did I spend all those years in medical school and training, why am I hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. I hate this. I hate this profession. I don’t feel like this is me.

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Thanksgiving message of hope for doctors & medical students →

“To all my brothers & sisters in medicine—doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, NPs, PAs, veterinarians, and anyone who devotes their life to healing others, YOU ARE APPRECIATED!! I am thankful to be sharing this planet with you . . . ” ~ Pamela Wible, M.D.

Here’s what some of your colleagues would like you to know:

“I know there’s a lot of you out there that are feeling disillusioned.

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