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Initiative launched to prevent physician, medical trainee suicides

Residency Program Insider, December 2, 2016

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The ACGME, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the Mayo Clinic recently introduced a library of educational resources in responses to the growing rate of burnout, depression, and suicide among physicians and trainees. The resources include:
•    A video presented by Mayo Clinic and the AFSP on how medical students, residents, and fellows can support each other, express concerns, and encourage seeking help
•    An AFSP toolkit for residency and fellowship programs to use when responding to a resident suicide
•    An on-demand webinar to guide institutions on how to conduct needs assessments in order to develop resident wellbeing plans


In a statement announcing the resources, Fredric Meyer, MD, Mayo Clinic executive dean of education said, “Physician wellbeing is crucial to the health of our entire system of medical care ... For the welfare of patients and the next generation of physicians, the nation’s providers of medical education must strive to cultivate an environment that promotes both stress management and resilience.”

Source: ACGME



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