High rates of suicide in medicine call for awareness and action

Last December, the world was shocked when a young surgeon in Texas shot and killed his two young children and then himself. His family acknowledged in a painfully honest obituary that after years of battling anxiety, severe depression, and addiction, Christopher Chad Dawson did “the unimaginable.” His widow also wrote, “He fought to get out of the deep, deep hole he was in but was afraid of the repercussion on his career if he were to get professional help.”Read More

As burnout rates and doctor shortages rise, work-life balance issues affect everyone in medicine

We would not praise our patients for working long hours, sacrificing sleep, and prioritizing everything else over their own health. Yet that’s exactly what many doctors are doing—especially doctors who are also mothers.Read More

The benefits to mentors, mentees, and medicine overall are clear and measurable

“Mentorship is the key ingredient for success in medicine,” wrote medical student Jackie Olive on KevinMD.com. Proponents of mentoring say that’s true not only for medical students and residents, but also for doctors at any stage of their careers. “I believe all physicians can benefit from having a mentor. Even mentors need mentors,” wrote Brian Harmych, M.D., on PhysiciansPractice.com.Read More

How giving back benefits doctors, patients, and the community

Health care policy changes. Ever-increasing coding requirements. Managing a growing number of patients with chronic disease. With everything doctors have on their plates right now, giving back to their communities may be the last thing on their minds. Who has the extra time or money to volunteer or donate to numerous charities? Yet evidence shows that the rewards for doctors’ philanthropic efforts are far-reaching. Not only do patients and the community benefit, but it turns out doctors do, as well.Read More

It’s that time of year, when we gather with family and friends to celebrate and reflect on what we’re grateful for. Like many of us, doctors are thankful for their health, their loved ones, and their jobs. But in a profession plagued with constant changes, challenges, and sky-high burnout rates, we thought it was a good time to take stock of what in particular health care providers are thankful for now. Here’s what doctors had to say.Read More

As a doctor, your patients’ health is your top priority. You educate your patients on the fact that chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity are the leading causes of death and disease in this country. You teach patients that prevention and a healthy lifestyle are key to reducing risk.Read More