Approximately 400 physicians commit suicide each year, the equivalent of two to three medical student classes, resulting in loss to patients, families, and the medical community. Forty percent of patients approach a primary care physician within a month of completed suicide but do not necessarily reveal their intentions, and the physician often fails to raise the question of suicide.
Release Date: May 1, 2009
Review Date: Jan. 1, 2015
Expiration Date: March 12, 2018
Physicians of all specialties
Upon completion of this activity, physicians should be able to:
- Cite the number of physicians lost to suicide annually.
- Describe the characteristics of major depressive disorder.
- Identify risk factors for physician suicide.
- Explain the warning signs of a physician who is suicidal.
- Recognize the ethical consequences of physician suicide
The participant is required to read the course in its entirety and complete an online test and course evaluation.
Registration fees are not refundable.