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With Guest Dr. Michael F. Myers.
Hosted by Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld
and Dr. Jane Lemaire.

Released on  January 29, 2020
Episode Length: 45 mins & 10 secs

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Physicians are at a greater risk for death by suicide than the general population. Let’s help reduce the stigma associated with seeking help in the profession. 

Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Physician Health, Diversity, and Wellness at Alberta Health Services, and Dr. Jane Lemaire, Physician Lead for Well Doc Alberta, host a chat on physician suicide with Dr. Michael F. Myers of SUNY-Downstate Medical Centre
in Brooklyn, NY.

Learning Objectives
After listening to the podcast episode, you will be able to:


  1. Recall that physicians are at risk of mental illness. 

  2. Identify why physicians are at risk of death by suicide.

  3. Describe how the healthcare work environment can contribute to physician mental health and illness.

  4. Identify how individuals and systems can support physician colleagues.

  5. Identify how physicians can seek support.

Physician Support Services

Click here for a list of available support services that physicians may access.

Dr. Michael F. Myers, MD

Dr. Myers is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is author of the recent book titled “Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned from Their Families and Others Who Cared.

Learn more about Dr. Myers at

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