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Preventing burnout's worst case scenario by embracing emotions

from Medical Economics

A year and a half ago, Kip Wenger, DO, systems medical director of Team Health in Philadelphia, found himself tending to a colleague in the ER who died of her self-inflicted wounds. Hit hard, the emergency room physician for 31 years describes the suicide as a “wake up call.” Sadly, it was not even the first time he’d lost a colleague to suicide. “I can count on more than one hand colleagues of mine who have taken their own life,” he said. The physician’s death further girded his belief that medicine is overdue for a culture shift that encourages physicians to talk about their mental health and burnout. “Doctors are bad at being vulnerable,” he says. more


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