Category: Physician Suicide

Preventing “Happy” Doctor Suicides →

In this closing keynote at Psych Congress 2019, Dr. Wible reveals the results of her 7-year investigation into more than 1,300 doctor suicides—and shares simple solutions to the suicide epidemic in an uplifting, life-changing, and surprisingly entertaining session. Warning: Though

How to honor doctors who have died by suicide →

Just posted on Facebook & encouraging others to join me in honoring doctors we’ve lost to suicide. Wow! Just rolled in from a 36-hour road trip to Washington moments ago after facilitating an incredibly healing event to honor the lives

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Beloved doctor dies in physician health program. Her husband wants to know why. →

Shawn C. Kelley, M.D., died by suicide under the care of Washington State Physicians Health Program. She was referred to the WPHP based on one unsubstantiated allegation unrelated to patient care. Her husband shares his thoughts and experiences about the

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Physician-Friendly States for Mental Health: A Review of Medical Boards →

Physician-Friendly States for Mental Health: A Review of Medical Boards Research Project by Pamela Wible, M.D., and Arianna Palermini, OMS2 © Copyright 2019 OBJECTIVE Do medical boards undermine physician mental health by breaching physician confidentiality and privacy? We analyze the

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A call for submissions on physician mental health →

As co-editors of a special issue of Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare, we invite you to submit your manuscript on physician mental health. Suicide is an occupational hazard of the medical profession. Though students enter medicine with their mental

Physician Self-Care vs. Self-Abuse →

Yesterday I posted this on Facebook and was overwhelmed by comments . . . Today I’m celebrating 30 days of weight lifting (with a personal trainer) & back on 100% plant-based nutrition that makes me feel awesome. YESSSSS! I (finally)

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Keynote: Physician Suicide—Prevention & Intervention →

Luncheon keynote (Beware: loud forks & knives banging on plates during first few minutes). Download MP3 or listen online here. Full transcript mildly edited for clarity below.  Dr. Virginia Hall: I want to welcome you to this afternoon’s session.

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Susan lost her doctor to suicide. She wants to know why. →

Susan Kreischer is one in a million. One of a million Americans to lose their doctor to suicide—each year. She is still devastated years later. “I had awful back pain—was barely walking when I met Dr. Ortiz and right away

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How my patients prevented my suicide (& started a medical revolution) →

Today is the anniversary of my suicide survival story—a happy ending to six weeks of unrelenting thoughts of dying when forced to see patients every ten minutes in big-box assembly-line clinics. My lifelong dream of being a trusted, loving family

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Not “burnout,” not moral injury—human rights violations →

Burnout is a slang word for end-stage drug addiction first used on the streets of inner city America in the early 1970s. During that time, psychologist Herbert Freudenberger volunteered at a New York City free clinic treating addiction. He overheard

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Healing our healers—honoring Florida physicians we lost to suicide →

 A Florida community heals by celebrating the lives of 3 doctor suicide victims. Friends, family, & colleagues unite to share their love—and prevent future suicides. Listen in above to keynote and lively panel discussion. Full transcript and slides below.

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Doctors fear PHPs—why physicians won’t ask for help →

Doctors fear controversial program made to help them SEGMENT #2 in series—Doctor left destitute after seeking help from physician health program Reposted from NBC affiliate KSDK in St Louis, Missouri. Author: Investigative Reporter: PJ Randhawa, Erin Richey   Many say

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Dr. Wible responds to suicide critics →

My request: Since 2012 I’ve dedicated my life to the doctor suicide crisis. Yet not everyone is in favor of what I’m doing. Some feel I’m unethical, insensitive, greedy—even a “nutcase.” I’ll now formally respond. I don’t need your compliments.

Abused foreign doctors enrich US hospitals, harm Americans →

Physician reveals how US exploits J-1 visa doctors for cheap labor—resulting in doctor suicides, medical mistakes, and patient deaths. Dr. Corina Fratila: In this completely foreign country, I came in pursuing a dream—and you’re let loose in a very high

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Dr. Wible interview on physician suicide, PTSD, our hidden wounds →

Pamela Wible, MD, on Redefining Medicine. View interview above or download/listen to MP3 here (plus full transcript below).  Known in the medical community as “Physicians’ Guardian Angel,” Dr. Wible has become America’s leading voice for ideal medical care through

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