Monday, August 1, 2011

A webinar on physician suicide (scope of problem and evaluating data)

Too often, depressed physicians who struggle with employment or other problems end up committing suicide. We need to do a better job identifying these physicians and providing them with resources and help. Physicians who lose their ability to practice medicine (due to medical licensure revocation or other issues) can be very vulnerable to depression and suicidal ideation. Many are not even thinking about non-clinical career opportunities because they are not aware of the possibilities.

There is an upcoming webinar from the AMA focusing on the topic of Physician Suicide: What is the Scope of the Problem and What Does the Data Show?

This event will examine the following:
  • What has the data shown as to the extent of the problem?
  • Are suicides committed by physicians and physicians-in-training comparable to those in other professions?
  • What are the current gaps in research on physician suicide?
  • What are some best practices and model programs for suicide prevention that can be replicated by others?
Date: Wed, Sep 7, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM CDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Sonja Boone MD

There will be two follow-up webinars related to physician suicide. One will review the stressors in medical education that may contribute to a risk for suicide among medical students and resident physicians. Finally, the third webinar will focus on the stories of family, friends and colleagues who have been affected by physician suicide.

You can register for the event here.

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