Dec 5, 2018
Physician suicide is an epidemic.
How else do you describe 400 physicians per year ending their own
lives which is over twice the national average? Why do so many
doctors feel that the only escape from their pain is suicide? How
do we end this epidemic and begin to heal the healers?
Dr. Pamela Wible is a family physician raised by two physician
parents (a psychiatrist and pathologist) who found herself on a
journey to help physicians deal with suicide. It is not a path that
she expected to be on or even sought out. It came to her both
through personal experience and later reflection on the others who
struggled with suicide.
Dr. Wible dealt with what she described as 100% self imposed
occupational suicidal ideation as the career of medicine she chose
was not shaping up to be what she envisioned when starting medical
school. Through the process of a hosting a number of town halls she
created an ideal clinic that the community asked for and she has
thrived practicing medicine and cured her dark thoughts.
Unfortunately, Dr. Wible also attended the third funeral of a
physician colleague in her town in Oregon and felt that something
must be wrong with the profession. Countless interviews,
discussions, and investigations later - Dr. Wible has become an
accidental expert on the subject of physician suicide and what must
be done to combat it. She has also established an unofficial
hotline for physicians, friends, and family members to contact to
help the physicians in their lives who are in trouble.
In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Wible has written
two books, had numerous media appearances, spoken before physicians
and medical students, and has even done a Ted Talk which is linked
below. Dr. Wible is also a gifted conversationalist and turned my
interview around midway through to ask me questions about
anesthesiology and why I thought it is the most 'dangerous'
specialty in medicine.
Dr. Pamela Wible is a family
physician who is prominent for her work in helping physicians
dealing with suicidal thoughts and burnout.
Twitter for Dr. Wible
Ideal Medical Care - Dr. Wible's
Website: The official website for Dr. Pamela Wible. Links
to Ted Talks, lectures, blog posts, and interviews.
Physician Suicide Help
Line: If you're a distressed physician suffering and looking
for help Dr. Wible is happy to offer assistance.
Episode 009: My discussion
with Dr. Stacia Dearmin where we discuss the toll that medical
malpractice cases inflict on practicing physicians and its
Memorial for Andy
Larson: This is the donation link to honor Andy's death with
the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys where he blossomed and
served as a head chorister.
YouTube for Paradocs: Here you
can watch the video of my late son singing his solo on the Paradocs
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