Doctors' Mental Health: Don't Wait Until It's Too Late
Jennifer Reid, MD writes in a KevinMD post:
One of our most talented residents committed suicide during my psychiatric training. I remember relaxing with him in a VA hospital call room several months before his death, laughing together at some of the idiosyncrasies of our unit attending.
He opened up to me about his doubt in his choice in psychiatry and how he was considering a transfer into internal medicine. Having made the opposite transition just months before, I shared how happy I was in my new program.
He was truly a star: incredibly accomplished yet friendly and kind.
Listening to him discuss his post-college research, I felt both intimidated and slightly embarrassed to share my own decision to “work abroad” pouring pints of Guinness in an Edinburgh bar.
During that call night, he asked if we could speak again sometime about his possible career transition.