Presentation Type

Poster

Faculty Mentor’s Full Name

Mark Pershouse

Faculty Mentor’s Department

Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Abstract

Physicians die by suicide at over two times the rate of the general population. With national physician shortages and rates of suicide both on the rise within the United States, it is imperative to understand this tragic phenomenon and the multifaceted causes contributing to widespread physician depression and overall lack of well-being resulting in deaths of physicians meant to heal others. A comprehensive understanding of this complex problem is essential and the primary step that must be taken in order to initiate evidence-based prevention strategies. Utilizing governmental reports, case studies, and various peer-reviewed studies and articles, this review focuses on the complex social, systematic, and biological factors that are contributing to the troubling rates of physician burnout, depression, and suicide with an emphasis on future directions for detection, treatment, and prevention at various stages throughout the medical training process.

Category

Social Sciences

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Apr 17th, 11:00 AM Apr 17th, 12:00 PM

Physician Suicide: Healers Unable to Heal Themselves

UC South Ballroom

Physicians die by suicide at over two times the rate of the general population. With national physician shortages and rates of suicide both on the rise within the United States, it is imperative to understand this tragic phenomenon and the multifaceted causes contributing to widespread physician depression and overall lack of well-being resulting in deaths of physicians meant to heal others. A comprehensive understanding of this complex problem is essential and the primary step that must be taken in order to initiate evidence-based prevention strategies. Utilizing governmental reports, case studies, and various peer-reviewed studies and articles, this review focuses on the complex social, systematic, and biological factors that are contributing to the troubling rates of physician burnout, depression, and suicide with an emphasis on future directions for detection, treatment, and prevention at various stages throughout the medical training process.