Meeting Archive:
Physician Suicide: What do the data show? What is the scope of the problem?

Meeting Description:

With concern about physician burnout and stress growing, the American Medical Association is addressing the issue of physician suicide. Plan to join us for our free webinar, “Physician suicide: What do the data show? What is the scope of the problem?”


Guest speaker Michael F. Myers, MD, professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, will cover such topics as:

  • What have the data shown regarding the extent of the problem?
  • Is the suicide rate in physicians and physicians-in-training comparable to the rate in other professions?
  • What are the current gaps in research on physician suicide?
  • What are some best practices and model programs for suicide prevention that can be replicated by others?

In addition to the Sept. 7 event, two follow-up webinars will be held on Oct. 5 and Nov. 16 to look at some of the stressors in medical education that may contribute to a risk for suicide among medical students and resident physicians, and to hear from friends, family and colleagues of physicians who have died by suicide.

Questions? Contact Fred Donini-Lenhoff at or call (312) 464-4635.

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Date: Wed, Sep 7, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM CDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Sonja Boone MD
 Presenter Information
Michael F. Myers, MD
Speaker Photo

Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Vice-Chair of Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Until June 2008, he was the Director of the Marital Therapy Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. He graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1966 and did residencies at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Wayne State University (Detroit General Hospital), and the University of British Columbia. He is board certified in Psychiatry by both the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Myers is the author of numerous publications on marital therapy, divorce, sexual assault, AIDS, psychiatric illness, gender issues, and suicide.


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