Dear Mothers in Medicine,
Long time reader here and new resident now (2 months in and there's no
lookin' back). I was struck by the recent heartbreaking op-ed onphysician suicide in the New York Times.
It was especially poignant to me because I'm at the same place in my
training as the residents who took their lives. Each night I go home
and think about my patients, but I also find myself worrying about my
friends and colleagues from medical school in more grueling and less
understanding specialities than my own. I know intern year is rough
for us all, and I hope they are doing okay. And I'm terrified because
I'm a female physician who's struggled with depression in the past
(not currently) and I know the grim statistics on female physician
depression and suicide rates.
What have you done when you've seen colleagues struggling? How do you
handle your own struggles in a field that often overlooks the deep
mental and emotional toll this work takes on a person?
- J the intern