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.
Read More We Must Do Something About Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide
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
Dave Renner, CAE, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians legislative rep, shares about Minnesota’s continued bipartisan support for telehealth (including telephone services) and recent movement in the House and Senate.
Read More Telehealth Moves in Both MN House & Senate
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Gun Violence Prevention Working Group members Emily Benzie, MD, and Pat Fontaine, MD, MS, share ways family physicians can take action to decrease gun violence through patient education and legislative advocacy.
Read More Gun Violence Prevention
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians member Stephanie Aldrin, MD, shares her experience with getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and urges you, when it’s your turn, to get the shot.
Read More COVID-19 Vaccine: This Is Our Shot