Jun 11, 2019
Physician burnout and mental health problems have been well
documented as has the physician suicide epidemic. Health systems
implement wellness programs and have mental health awareness
initiatives. However, the wellness programs do a poor job
addressing the root causes of burnout and physicians have a hard
time getting mental health help because of the professional stigma
and inability to be sure that their treatment is truly
Hopefully, there is real help on the way for physicians,
nurses, and others who suffer from mental health issues because of
their exposure to trauma. Dr. Marnie McGrath, a psychiatry resident
at the Cleveland Clinic, is on the cusp of launching a nonprofit
which will address all of those concerns. Hope for Docs
is a 501c(3)
organization that offers psychiatric care, anonymous discussion
groups, and a no-strings pharmacy. This organization will offer
medical responders a truly private opportunity to receive care
without concern that their employer (often the health system
itself) will learn of their disease and potentially hold it against
What is most interesting aspect about this venture is that it
intentionally employs many of the strategies of direct care like
transparent pricing, discounted pharmaceuticals, and easy charting
- many of the things that contribute to the learned helplessness
that physicians feel every day.
Dr. McGrath is a resident
psychiatry physician at Cleveland Clinic who has created a Hope for Docs
. It is a
non-profit geared towards treating mental health problems in those
who respond to trauma.
Hope for Docs: This
is the website for the exciting organization that Dr. McGrath is
Dr. McGrath's linked in profile.
Episode 30: Dr. Wible
is an expert on physician suicide and runs a free suicide hotline
for medical students and physicians.
Episode 37: Dr. Ellen
McKnight discusses providing direct care to her rheumatology
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