Thursday, July 21, 2016
The culture of abuse in American medical training
Stat asks: "Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide?"
The starkest sign of the crisis gripping medicine is the number of physicians who commit suicide every year — 300 to 400, about the size of three average medical school classes. Male doctors are 1.4 times more likely to kill themselves than men in the general population; female physicians, 2.3 times more likely.
The grim tally is probably an under-count, since many suicides aren’t listed as such on death certificates. And it doesn’t include suicides among medical students, which aren’t tracked systematically in the United States.
Posted by Carl at 10:38 AM