September 2021

In This Issue...

  1. September 17th Webinar – Physician Suicide Awareness
  2. National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
  3. The Well-Being Connector Podcast
  4. New Board Member: Dennis Gonzales, PhD
  5. Member Volunteer Opportunities
  6. In the News
  7. Research
  8. Other Resources
  9. Coalition Book: Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis
  10. 2022 Annual Conference - Save-the-Date

 September 17th Webinar


Jeffrey C. Sung, M.D.

University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 


Webinar: Physician Suicide Awareness

Wellness initiatives to improve the physical and mental health of physicians often have components to address the fatal outcome of suicide. The effectiveness of these programs will depend on accurate understanding of the complex factors contributing to suicide. To clarify these factors, Physician Suicide Awareness reviews how people to respond to suicide death, data related physician suicide, and efforts to answer to the question, “Why do people die by suicide?”

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day


September 17, 2021 will be the fourth annual NPSA Day, designed to bring awareness to the fact that physicians take their own lives at a greater rate than the average population. 

For NPSA Day Resources, Social Media Posts, and Events - Click here 

 The Well-Being Connector Podcast


David H. Rosmarin, PhD, is director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He supervises the provision of spiritually integrated services in clinical programs throughout the hospital’s divisional structure, and collaborates with laboratories to study the clinical relevance of spirituality to anxiety, mood, psychotic, substance use, and other disorders.

Information on each of the prior episodes can be found on our website (click here) and you can download any of the episodes on whichever app you might normally use to listen to podcasts.

 New Board Member



Dennis Gonzales, Ph.D., is senior director of mission innovation and integration at the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Dennis oversees the design and production of numerous CHA programs, meetings and member convenings in addition to the development of formation and mission resources for use across the Catholic health ministry.

 Member Volunteer Opportunities


The Coalition welcomes members to get involved in the various committees to help us develop resources, plan events and broaden our reach. We invite you to review our committee opportunities here.

Please contact [email protected] with your interest. 

 In the News

Covid-19 Rise, Vaccine Hesitancy Frustrate Doctors in Hospitals Saturated by the Delta Variant

"Some healthcare workers say the latest surges in Covid-19 are adding to fatigue and burnout. But this time exhaustion is amplified by something new: frustration over the insufficient uptake of vaccines that could have prevented most Covid-19 patients from landing in their care." Read more

Critical Care Doctors Are in Crisis Who’s Caring for the ICU Physicians?

"In a recent national survey of roughly 12,000 doctors, more than half of critical care physicians reported burnout. Staffing and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, the death toll, personal safety concerns, a feeling of inadequacy in providing emotional support to patients and their families—all contribute to a wave of difficulty that, deep into the summer of 2021, continues to build." Read more

COVID and Ida Are a Brutal One-Two Punch for Hospitals in the Storm’s Path

As Hurricane Ida bore down on Louisiana on August 30th, bringing 150 mph winds, a large storm surge, and the threat of up to two feet of rain, hospitals across the state were filled to the brink with COVID patients, including hundreds that require ventilators and intensive care. Read more


Assessment of Risk Factors for Suicide Among US Health Care Professionals

This 2020 cohort study looked at 170K individuals who died by suicide across 14 years and parsed out the data on healthcare professionals. Compared to the general population, researchers found that risk factors for physician suicide include older age and job problems. Read more

Incidence of Infertility and Pregnancy Complications in US Female Surgeons

This survey of 850 physicians found that female surgeons are at increased risk of infertility and pregnancy complications.  It suggests that “changing surgical culture to support pregnancy is paramount to reducing the risk of major pregnancy complications, use of fertility interventions, or involuntary childlessness because of delayed attempts at childbearing.” Read more

Guidance for Health Care Leaders During the Recovery Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Consensus Statement.

This consensus statement outlines 10 imperatives to guide health and public leaders during the post emergency stage of the pandemic. These include supporting staff well-being and psychological health. Read more

Safety Implications of Different Forms of Understaffing Among Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Understaffing has become common during the pandemic.  This survey of 120 nurses explores the safety implications of such understaffing. Read more

Other Resources

Physician Suicide Awareness Summit

Doctors Under the Radar presents its first-ever virtual Physician Suicide Awareness Summit, (PSA.IS), on Thursday, September 30th, 2021. This summit is for everyone, not just for physicians! Join PSA.IS for an impactful day of engaging collaborations, empowering panels, educational awareness and enlightening solutions. To get your tickets today, register here.

Resources from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Materials to support National Suicide Prevention Week

A toolkit of social media and other resources to promote conversations about suicide during National Suicide Prevention Week, September 5-11 from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Read more

  • Webinar - Policy Approaches to Preventing Suicide Among Health Professionals & First Responders

September 8, from 3:00 - 3:45pm Eastern via Zoom. Learn about federal and state policy initiatives that aim to provide vital suicide prevention and mental health services for our nation's health professionals and first responders. Attendees will also learn about several current suicide prevention resources available to the health professional and first responder communities. Read more

  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Medical Schools

This detailed toolkit is published by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention specifically for medical schools for suicide postvention. But it can be broadly applied in any organizational setting and provides a roadmap for those who are thoughtful about the emerging mental health wave that might swamp our healthcare system in the midst and wake of COVID-19. Read more

Preventing Physician Suicide Identify and Support At-Risk Physicians

This AMA CME module helps learners identify risk factors and warning signs, apply standardizes process for physicians seeking support in your practice, and creating an environment of support and wellness. Read more

Physician Suicide Prevention: Listening to the Voices of Experience

The free virtual program ($50 for CME) by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs is designed to share resources and support and recognize the importance of our ability to be there for each other. Read more

New Book: Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis


The Coalition for Physician Well-Being is excited for the release of its new book, Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis. With timely content geared towards physician leaders at every level, our new book offers recommendations and practical solutions for combating the negative effects of burnout while providing the tools necessary for building resilience and restoring hope. For more information and to order click here.

2022 Annual Conference


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