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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 Suicide Letters—Answered, and take a sneak peek at the forthcoming documentary on our physician suicide crisis.

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“Died suddenly at home” is not a diagnosis. How medical institutions cover up suicides. →

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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 Mansfield station. Police have surveillance tape of the victim trespassing and walking right onto the tracks.

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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 where Dr. Wible delivered the keynote address.

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Medical student: “I was less stressed in Afghanistan” →

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Dear Pamela,

Let me start off by telling you that I am a warrior, a protector, and a healer. I am an Army Veteran. I’ve worked as an EMT, completed a bachelors degree and 2 years of medical school, plus I’m raising a family. I’ve achieved amazing things,

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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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