Ep 45: Tackling Physician Suicide, In Loving Memory of Nicole Marie Walls

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Dr. Pamela Wible is a family physician born into a family of physicians who warned her not to pursue medicine. She soon discovered why—to heal her patients she first had to heal her profession. Fed up with assembly-line medicine, Dr. Wible held town hall meetings where she invited citizens to design their own ideal clinic. Open since 2005, Wible’s community clinic has inspired Americans to create ideal clinics and hospitals nationwide. In between treating her own patients and helping doctors launch community clinics, Dr. Wible devotes herself to medical student and physician suicide prevention. She has investigated nearly 1,300 doctor suicides and her extensive database and suicide registry reveals highest risk specialties—and solutions. Dr. Wible runs a free doctor suicide hotline and has helped countless medical students and physicians heal from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts so they can enjoy practicing medicine again. Dr. Wible speaks widely on health care delivery and physician suicide prevention. 

TEDMED talk: https://www.tedmed.com/talks/show?id=528918 

Op-Med: Why “Happy” Doctors Die by Suicide 

Website: https://www.idealmedicalcare.org/ 

Books: Human Rights Violations in Medicine: A-to-Z Action Guide, Physician Suicide Letters—Answered, and Pet Goats & Pap Smears: 101 Medical Adventures to Open Your Heart & Mind

Episode produced by: Rasa, Dave, and Aaron