I Felt Alone but I Wasn’t: Depression is Rampant Among Doctors in Training

The following discussion paper from the National Academy of Medicine offers a personal reflection from Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, a primary care physician and former resident, on the situations she was forced to navigate throughout her education and career. Dr. Poorman offers recommendations for how to make residency programs can lessen mental health stigma and make it easier for trainees to seek help and offer one another support. Dr. Poorman contends that supporting physicians to be healthy will make it possible for them to be there physically and emotionally for patients when they need it most.