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Clinical Update on Physician Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Promotion 2021

Suicide among physicians remains poorly understood despite publications in medical journals about physician suicide for more than a century. Multifactorial etiologies contribute to physician suicidality, including social and institutional stigma, a culture of silence and false culture of strength, regulatory and institutional policies that increase barriers to help-seeking, insufficient training and comfort levels in dealing with suicidality, and more. Furthermore, evidence-based prevention of suicidality and standardized adoption of best practices for suicide prevention in the general population remain poorly utilized in physician communities. Lastly, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing or added new stressors on the mental health of physicians and trainees and long-term sustainability of the physician workforce. The aim of this session is to provide a “clinical update” on suicide prevention and mental health promotion among physicians, including also residents/fellows and students.

The topic may be particularly sensitive for some. The faculty provide general information and resources on individual-level mental health help and referral resources at the beginning and at the end of the session. Epidemiologic data from meta-analyses and/or literature reviews published in 2019-2021 are presented. Focused interventions to address physician suicidality are uncommon and a single-year lookback would be insufficient coverage on the topic. 

CEU Available:  1.0 CME; 1.0 MOC
CEU Expires:  April 30, 2022


To receive CME/MOC credit, you must (a) watch the video and (b) complete the short assessment. After these two steps are completed, you will receive a certificate.