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Addressing Depression and Suicide Among Physician Trainees

Rida Khan, BS1; Jamie S. Lin, MD2; Douglas A. Mata, MD, MPH3
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1Department of Student Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
2Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia
3Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(8):848. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0643.
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To the Editor In a JAMA Psychiatry Viewpoint, Goldman and colleagues1 addressed the current lack of concrete programs for the promotion of mental health among medical residents. Highlighting the success of programs implemented by the US Air Force and University of California, San Diego, they put forth a set of recommendations to educate, screen, and treat medical trainees. We agree that the similarities between the Air Force and medical residency programs would allow for an easy translation of such a model to the clinical setting. However, rather than waiting until residency to devote curricular time to mental health education, we believe that the proposed program would be most effective if implemented earlier and continued longitudinally throughout the entire course of medical training.

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August 1, 2015
Matthew L. Goldman, MD, MS; Ravi N. Shah, MD; Carol A. Bernstein, MD
1Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York2New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York
3New York University School of Medicine, New York
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(8):848-849. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0639.
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