Do No Harm
“Do No Harm” follows four people bonded by tragedy on a mission to expose medicine’s dirty secret. Doctors and medical students pull back the curtain on the causes and cover-up of the alarming rate of suicide of
physicians, the highest rate among all professions and almost twice the general population. At a time when we’re facing wan unprecedented doctor shortage, more than one million patients lose their doctors to suicide every year yet because of the stigma of suicide, it’s often covered up.
In “Do No Harm” by two-time Emmy winning producer, Robyn Symon, we learn that suicide is just the tip of the iceberg; a symptom of a much larger crisis in medicine, an epidemic of depression, drug abuse, sleep
deprivation and burnout that begins in medical school with cutthroat competition, bullying, mounting student debt trapping students in a system only gets worse. The irony is that you would think the medical community would hold itself to a higher standard when it comes to the health well being of its own- but in fact the opposite is true. The internal and external pressures facing physicians today are too often ignored. But the dysfunction not only compromises the well-being of physicians – the film connects the link between a toxic medical system to the high rate medical errors. Today medical mistakes, from a range of causes, result in the preventable deaths of more than 250,000 people every year, making it the 3rd leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer to which Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders asks, “Why isn’t this on the front page of the papers every single day?”
AMSA’s mission to support mental health of trainees
From the AMSA PPP: “[AMSA] SUPPORTS efforts undertaken by medical students, residents, medical schools and residency training programs to break down mental health stigma, increase open conversation regarding mental health, decrease the fear of professional consequences, recognize warning signs, and learn how to approach colleagues who may be at risk”.
Bringing the issue of physician and trainee burnout and suicide to light is immensely important. We can’t allow med students to suffer in silence while they fear repercussions for acting to better their mental health by utilizing mental health services.
We encourage AMSA members to support, watch, and talk about this film. Talking about these issues is one way to know that there is support, and no physician or trainee is alone in their pain. We can reduce physician and trainee suicide as a community.
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“I think you truly have done something heroic
and impressive bringing light to this taboo topic.”
—Paul D. Kivela, M.D., M.B.A., FACEP ACEP President 2017-2018
Thomas Madejski, MD, President, Medical Society of the State of New York
“An incredibly important contribution.”
Dr. Vanessa Downing, Director of Content Development and Training, Christiana Care Health System
“What a wonderful film.”
Michael Myers, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
“Timely and compelling… address[es] the urgent problem of medical student suicide,
depression, anxiety, burnout, trainee abuse and welfare.”
Diana Farid, Stanford Medical School
“Deeply impactful and thought-provoking.”
Jennifer Frank, MD, Interim CMO, Clinically Integrated Network, Thedacare
“I believe that it will be the impetus for discussions which are literally life-saving.”
Amy Walston, Kaiser Permenente