Mental Illness, Moral Injury, and Medicine

When I first wrote about experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts in residency, I knew that I was tapping into a widespread, taboo subject among physicians. But I did not appreciate the depth of the suffering I would encounter, or how many people I would connect with in training, in school, and in practice across the country.

On this page, I have some of my work on this topic. I hope that this will be a site for those in distress, but also for their loved ones, employers, and mentors who want to do better. Physicians have among the highest suicide rates of any profession, nearly double the general population. Silence is deadly. I am so grateful that so many are now committed to shattering it.

Academic Articles

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From the Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management


From the Society for General Internal Medicine Forum


By Elisabeth Poorman, MD and Rick Pels, MD in the Society for General Internal Medicine Forum

Committee for Interns and Residents Keynote Speech, 2018