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Physician Support Groups (Sundays) | Peer Support for Doctors →

Physician Trauma Recovery (2 pm EST) ~ Heal from doctor suicides & suicidal thoughts, childhood or residency abuse & more. (2 hr).  ❤️ Pandemic Healing (4 pm EST) ~ Get help for long haul, job loss, death of family, peers. (1 hr).  ❤️  Narrative Medicine (5 pm EST) ~ Share your story among a nurturing group of doctors.

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Depressed Doctor: How To Get Confidential Mental Health Help for Physicians →

Can depressed doctors get emotional help without license repercussions? Is it even possible for physicians to get confidential mental health care?

I just got this email from a physician:

“Hi Pamela, Wondering if I could curbside you on the topic of seeking mental health services as a physician.

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What Is the Least Painful Way To Die? →

woman doctor crying. Why do so many doctors secretly want to die?

What is the least painful way to die? Why do people commit suicide painfully? Why do doctors commit suicide in such painful and scary ways?

First, we should agree that it’s better to say that a person has died of suicide than to say that they have committed suicide.

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Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb: His Life & Legacy →

 

𝐎𝐧 𝐏𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫 𝐃𝐫. 𝐃𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐝-𝐖𝐞𝐛𝐛—𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐝 ❤️‍🩹 Chief of Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb had the lowest mortality rate of all US pediatric surgeons at 1.8%!

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Physician trainees prevail in strike over harassed doctor’s suicide →

 

Dr. Omkar, 30-year old pediatrician trainee died by suicide after years of alleged racial harassment by head of department. Dr. Omkar is from a lower caste tribe, the only son with 2 younger sisters. Elder sister just married the day prior to his suicide. Head of department denied him leave for the wedding even though his peers agreed to cover his shifts.

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Second victim syndrome suicide →

Remembering Nurse Hiatt & Baby Kaia on the anniversary of a medical error that led to her loss of life. Kim Hiatt, a NICU nurse, was accused of caring “too much”—until September 14, 2010, when she gave 1400 rather than 140 mg of CaCl) to a frail 8-month-old,

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Why doctors laugh about death →

Why do doctors laugh about death?

Kobe Bryant’s widow said she didn’t know first responders would refer to her deceased loved ones as “gumbo” or “hamburger meat.”

“It’s Taco Tuesday at The Baja California Bar & Grill, two days after the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant.

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Why doctors lie →

Doctors are trained to lie.

Here are the top 10 ways. See if you recognize any.

1. Doctors lie about work hours.
When logging actual work hours exceeding the weekly “80-hour cap,” new docs are cited for duty-hour violations. Labeled as inefficient,

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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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“Happy” med student dies by suicide—due to perfectionism and loneliness →

Nine years ago today my friend’s “happy” daughter died by suicide—due to perfectionism and loneliness. In her mother’s words:

“Dear Pamela, On 4-11-13, I lost my 23-year-old, brilliant daughter Kaitlyn Elkins to suicide. She was just beginning her 3rd year of medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem,

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Surgeon’s “widow” calls out double doctor suicide →

Dear Dr. Wible,

After a surgeon killed himself at my husband’s office, his group hired a physician to replace him and a few weeks ago he also killed himself—at his desk at the hospital. I feel his suicide is being swept under the rug. I can no longer remain silent.

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Honoring our physicians who have died by suicide →

Join our FREE doctor suicide survivors support group here.

Wall of Remembrance from award-winning documentary, Do No Harm: Exposing the Hippocratic Hoax, a film exposing our doctor suicide crisis that honors nearly 100 doctors who have died by suicide.

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Dear deathly afraid of seeking help ❤️‍🩹 help is here. ⬇️ →

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Surgeon Support Groups →

See full KevinMD interview & transcript here.

“. . . It is especially great to get people in the same specialty together. That’s why I host specialty-specific peer-to-peer support groups. I’m not a surgeon. I don’t know what it’s like. They do.

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How writing heals pain →

Full interview here

I’ve been running a physician suicide helpline for nearly ten years. People write me tomes of emails. They’ll conclude with “I feel so much better for sharing this for the first time. Don’t worry about calling me back. Thank you for reading this.” Writing is healing,

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