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Medical News & Perspectives
November 5, 2014

Recent Suicides Highlight Need to Address Depression in Medical Students and Residents

JAMA. 2014;312(17):1725-1727. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.13505

The accomplished young man graduated medical school in May and, as a resident, quickly impressed his coworkers.

“He stood out among the doctors we have encountered because of his decisiveness, brilliance, kindness, and humility,” a nurse recalled. “Our patients always had great praises for him, because he really showed how caring he was.”

That apparently was not enough for the young physician. But no one will ever really know what was going through his mind, because he was 1 of 2 first-year residents who, only a few days apart in late August, jumped to their deaths from buildings in New York City. The nurse’s comment about him was one of many condolences posted online.

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