Behind the White Coat

Medical Student & Physician Suicide Awareness & Prevention Week

A week-long series of events discussing depression, burnout, substance abuse & other risk factors for physician suicide.
Dates: March 5, 2018 thorugh March 9, 2018
See the table below for times, session discussions, and locations.

White coats on chairs

Global rates of depression continue to rise, and the World Health Organization claims depression will be the most common disease by 2030. Rates of depression among medical students and physicians, however, already greatly surpass that of the U.S. general population, and depression is currently a leading contributor to medical student and physician death by suicide. Ironically, while physicians are trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses, they are less likely than members of the general population to seek treatment for their own mental illness. As leaders in medical education, the various medical schools across the state of Michigan are addressing this issue from the perspective of prevention, as well as to collaborate with other health-related organizations to address effective response strategies for the colleagues and loved ones of medical students and physicians who die by suicide. 

Mon. March 5
​Tues. March 6
​Wed. March 7
​Thurs. March 8
​Fri. March 9
​12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
​5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
​All Day
​12:00 PM - 1:00PM
​All Day
​Lunch and Learn with Dr. Don Steele on Resilience
​Personal Perspective on Suicide with Maryssa Lyons & Dr. Randy Hillard
​Statistics Display Board on Suicidewith Resource Table
​TED Talk by Dr. Pamela Wible followed by a discussion
​"Post Secret" Display
​CMED Auditorium 1404
​CMED Auditorium 1404
​CMED Lobby
​CMED TBL Room 1426
​CMED Lobby


Click to view large version - Miniature depression infographic Collaborators on this initiative include the CMU College of Medicine students, faculty and staff; American Medical Association (AMA) chapters at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, and Wayne State University School of Medicine; Saginaw County Medical Society; Dr. Samuel Shaheen, MD, and Executive Director of CMU Health; Michigan Area Health Education Center; National Association of Social Workers; and Michigan Health Improvement Alliance.



To view an enlarged version of The Facts About Depression Among Med Students & Physicians, click here or on the image.