End medical student and resident physician suicide by transforming medical training
Data on medical student and physician wellbeing are disconcerting, not only for the medical providers but for patients as well. Patient care quality unsurprisingly depends heavily on high-functioning physicians. However, studies demonstrate that medical trainee and physician burnout rates are at an all time high, and continue to increase. Multiple institutions have acknowledged this issue and pursued curricular change; however, these efforts are not enough.
An estimated 300-400 physicians commit suicide every year. The suicide rate among male physicians is 1.41 times higher than the general male population, and female physicians have a suicide rate 2.27 times higher than the general female population. In one study, 23 percent of interns had suicidal thoughts. Twenty eight percent of resident physicians experience a major depressive episode during training versus 7-8 percent of similarly aged individuals in the U.S. general population.
Medical student and physician suicide is happening in our programs and institutions, all across the United States. The culture of medical training enforces silence. The medical education system is broken and requires change. It’s time to speak out. Let’s start a dialogue. Let your voice be heard.
Support The Cause
We need your help to fund this initiative. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to the award recipients of the #SaveOurDoctors Grant. Your contributions will help raise awareness for this pressing issue.
The #SaveOURDoctors Grant
Med School Insiders is proud to present the first annual #SaveOurDoctors Grant. If you’re a pre-med student, medical student, resident physician, or attending physician, your first hand experience is highly valued. However, even if you have zero medical experience and do not work in healthcare, you are encouraged to participate. Everyone is eligible. You do not have to be a medical student or doctor.
This grant was created to serve two purposes:
1) Spark a national dialogue on how to improve medical student and resident physician wellbeing and reduce medical trainee burnout and suicide.
2) Support proposals and initiatives to improve medical student and resident physician wellbeing.
To apply for the #SaveOurDoctors Grant, complete these three easy steps:
1. Create a video (up to 3 minutes in length) focusing on an action, plan, proposal, or intervention to address medical student and resident physician wellbeing, burnout, and/or suicide.
2. Submit your video on this page by February 23rd or sooner.
3. Share your video with friends and family and encourage them to vote! They can vote here. The top 20 most-voted-for-videos will make it to the final round where judges will select the winners.
The winners of the #SaveOurDoctors Grant will be required to provide an update after 6 months of grant distribution delineating progress made on their proposed intervention as well as how the grant funding was allocated.
Dr. Kevin Jubbal is a physician, innovator, and educator. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles magna cum laude with a B.S. in Neuroscience and went on to earn his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He matched into Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and has authored more than 60 publications, abstracts, and presentations.
Dr. Jubbal’s passion for medical education and patient care led him to found the Blue LINC Healthcare Incubator and Med School Insiders. Through these and other endeavors, he seeks to empower future generations of physicians, redefine medical education, and improve patient care through interdisciplinary collaboration.
Jenny Wang was a Jeff Metcalf Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with Honors in Biology. She went on to attend Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she is now a fourth-year medical student and recent inductee into the Alpha Omicron Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is passionate about leveraging social media as a tool for education and public awareness.
During her time in medical school, she served as public relations chair of the national Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association for two consecutive years, and was invited as a guest speaker at numerous conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys running her blog thevibrantmed.com, traveling, and weight-lifting.
Ethan Jose is a medical student, competitive bodybuilder, and former Division I gymnast. Ethan earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Oklahoma and is currently a third year medical student at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, with an interest in orthopedic surgery.
His time as a Division I gymnast sparked an interest in the human body, fitness, and health, and ultimately inspired him to pursue a career in medicine while leading a fit and healthy lifestyle. Ethan is passionate about the wellbeing of others, and actively educates his audience, leading by example, on how to live a healthy and balanced life on his YouTube channel. When he’s not hitting the books, you can find him either hitting the weights or counting his macros.
Dr. David Hindin is a writer, surgeon, and entrepreneur. He earned both his B.A. degrees in English and Biology and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hindin is currently a General Surgery resident physician at Temple University, where he also earned his Master of Science in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.
He has a lifelong passion for creative pursuits, and is particularly interested in innovations within the medical world. David is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Invented Magazine, which highlights the stories behind innovative medical and tech startups making an impact in the world. He is currently working on a research project to assess the full breadth of innovation-based training throughout U.S.-based medical schools, and is chronicling highlights in a new YouTube series entitled “Why Your Doctor Should Daydream,” which explores the importance of maintaining creativity within medical school.
Dr. Aura Azarcon is a newly-licensed Filipina M.D. She graduated from De La Salle University Manila with a B.S. in Biology, and earned her M.D. from the University of City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila).
In 2016, she joined the biggest reality TV show in the Philippines where she helped to shed light about the real life struggles of medical students and doctors. She is well known for creating the first and only YouTube channel for aspiring Filipino medical students and is currently preparing for the USMLE to become a US-trained pediatrician.
Dr. Jane Lee graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Biology and earned her M.D. from Drexel University College of Medicine. She was awarded the Herbert Keen scholarship for academics in medical school. She is currently completing her Anesthesiology residency at Weill Cornell in New York City.
Dr. Lee has experience in the interview process for medical school admissions, serving as a student interviewer and providing guidance to pre-medical students. She is passionate about mentorship and education and is the co-creator of a medical and lifestyle YouTube channel Jane and Jady.
Dr. Jady Pham is an Anesthesiology resident, content creator, and car enthusiast. He graduated from Ursinus College with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and went on to earn his M.D. from Drexel University. He is currently completing his training in Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
His passion for mentorship along with his interest in videography led him to start a YouTube Channel with Dr. Jane Lee during medical school. Their channel provides a personal insight into life as a medical student. Dr. Pham enjoys spending his free time playing with his dog Rumi.
Dr. Tommy Martin earned his B.S. in Biomedical Chemistry from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina while playing college football and finding a passion for faith and fitness. After graduating in three years, he went on to earn his M.D. from St. George’s University in the Caribbean. He is now a combined Internal Medicine – Pediatric Resident at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Martin has years of experience in faith and fitness as he is spends his free time as personal trainer and a spiritual mentor to many medical professionals. Tommy has a heart for the world and uses this passion to serve the world participating in overseas medical mission trips and participating in multiple Christian organizations. His passion for medicine, fitness, and faith shines through in his YouTube Channel. When Tommy is not saving lives, counting macros, or pumping iron, you can find him indulging in crazy foods, going on pizza dates, and exploring the world with his beautiful wife!
Dr. Buck Parker is a General & Trauma Surgeon in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also a self-proclaimed “tech-nerd” and entrepreneur since 2007 when he built a million-dollar business using internet marketing and Google search algorithms. Currently he uses Instagram and Youtube to teach students about becoming a doctor. He is also medical consultant for the media and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, NBC, in USA Today, local TV stations among others.
Dr. Dustin Harris is a former Division II Track and Field Athlete from University of California, San Diego. There, he received his B.S. in Human Biology. He then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles for his M.D.
Dr. Harris currently a Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago. There he participates in flight helicopter medicine and international patient transports. Next year, he plans for pursue a Fellowship in the field of Sports Medicine. Dustin has a passion for writing and comedy. A former stand up comedian, he has consulted for the Netflix Series “Black Mirror” and the University of Pennsylvania Memory Institute.