Activity ID



December 21, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

American Medical Association


Increasing administrative responsibilities due to regulatory pressures and evolving payment and care delivery models reduce the amount of time physicians spend delivering direct patient care. Physician suicide rates are much higher than the general public. Taking proactive steps to identify and address physician distress can help to ensure the well-being of physicians, reduce the risk of suicide and support patient care by protecting the health of the physician workforce. Physicians die by their own hands at a rate much higher than that of the general public. Female physicians’ suicide rate is about 130 percent higher than the general female population. For male physicians, the suicide rate is about 40 percent higher than that of the general male population. Even though doctors agree that they have an ethical obligation to intervene when they believe a colleague is actually impaired, only 67 percent will report appropriately. This module teaches physicians how to identify warning signs for physician suicide, how to approach colleagues that are displaying signs of distress and how to standardize care-seeking in health care organizations. This module also teaches the importance of physicians keeping themselves healthy in their professions and ensuring that wellness is a part of their lives to prevent distress.

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Educational Objectives

Identify risk factors and warning signs for suicide
Implement standardized methodology for physicians seeking care in your practice
Create an environment of support and physician wellness in your organization


Physician wellness, Physician suicide, Physician burnout


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

MIPS Approved

This activity qualifies for the CMS Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), where you can earn a performance-based payment adjustment to your Medicare payment

Physician Well-being activity

Personal Resilience

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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