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Beyond burnout: Talking about physician suicide in dermatology

Published:April 21, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2021.04.057
      Physician suicide made headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic when emergency medicine physician Dr Lorna Breen committed suicide in April 2020. While this prompted discussions about burnout and physician suicide, especially among frontline workers, the conversation has remained limited in the dermatology community.
      • American Medical Association
      Now's the time to have a difficult talk about physician suicide.
      Although burnout rates in dermatology have traditionally been lower compared with other specialties, the rates have been rising more quickly.
      • Nagler A.R.
      • Shinkai K.
      • Kimball A.B.
      Burnout among all groups of physicians-mitigation strategies for dermatologists.
      With the increasing rates of physician burnout and suicide, we believe that it is time for the dermatology community to raise awareness and support efforts around physician suicide.

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