In the past four months, the Twin Cities physician community has lost several of our own to suicide. Tragically, we are not alone—about 300-400 physicians in the U.S. die each year from suicide, with physicians facing a suicide risk nearly 2-3 times higher than the general population.
Now more than ever, it’s critical for health care clinics/hospitals/systems, payers, physicians and more to come together to address burnout and the increase in physician suicide. Not only do we need to normalize physicians seeking help for mental health concerns and remove stigma and punishments, but we also need to recognize that our healers are human too and they need support like everyone else.
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Family physician and certified life coach Michelle Wenner Chestovich, MD, shares about the increased risk of physician suicide and how the culture of medicine must change to address the epidemic of physician and provider burnout.
Read More WE NEED A BETTER SOLUTION FOR THE TERRIBLE DISEASE OF BURNOUT
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians board member Daron Gersch, MD, FAAFP, of Avon, Minnesota, is running as a candidate for vice speaker for the 2022 American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates. We talked with him about his campaign, leadership and parliamentary experiences and love of family medicine.
Read More Daron Gersch, MD, Candidate for AAFP Vice Speaker
Jim Boulger, PhD, MAFP Honorary Member and Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, shares about the Duluth campus’ continued, unparalleled success in matching medical students into family medicine.
Read More Duluth’s Continued Success in Matching Students into Family Medicine
Use our Speak Out Tool to ask Minnesota legislators to support expansion of the loan forgiveness program to address health care workforce shortages in rural Minnesota and make our state a healthier, more equitable place to live.
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