"Fear of Showing Weakness"
Posted on December 3, 2017 2:39 am MST, by Louise Underdahl
Fear of showing weakness
According to Abraham Verghese, MD, professor of medicine at Stanford and author of The Tennis Partner, physician unhappiness often leads to suicide (Erickson, 2017). In the United States, an estimated 300-400 physicians commit suicide each year (Stone, 2017). As Verghese attested, every year it takes three medical school classes to replace the physicians who committed suicide (Erickson, 2017). Verghese's friend and colleage wrestled with addiction but failed to seek help; as Verghese observed: “There’s a fear of showing weakness" (Erickson, 2017, para. 6). Physician reluctance to enlist help has been attributed to the stigma attached to seeking professional help. Physicians fear losing their job, license, or malpractice insurance (Stone, 2017, para. 18).
How might this situation be remedied?
Erickson, M. (2017, October 17). Good leadership, self-compassion key to tackling physician burnout. Stanford Medicine News. Retrieved from https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2017/10/good-leadership-self-comp...
Stone, M. (2017, November 10). Fighting physician burnout at the organizational level. American Association of Physician Leadership. Retrieved from https://news.physicianleaders.org/fighting-physician-burnout-at-the-orga...
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