More than 60,000 people have signed a petition urging medical schools to do more about suicides and other mental health issues facing medical students, a topic of growing concern to many campus experts on mental health. "Medical student and physician suicide is an epidemic. It is estimated that 400 doctors die by suicide in the United States each year. That’s the equivalent of an entire medical school gone! The second leading cause of death among medical students is suicide -- a well-known occupational hazard in medicine. Yet no medical organization is tracking these suicides," says the petition.
The Association of American Medical Colleges on Friday released a letter to the petition organizers saying that medical schools and teaching hospitals are "extremely concerned" about these issues, and are working to provide more mental health support to medical students and physicians.
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