August 14, 2018

Physician Mental Health – Dr. Gold Appears in New Documentary Film

Her current research on the rate of suicide among physicians will help to make lasting change.

A screen capture of Dr. Katherine Gold speaking in the video. A Newsy logo appears in the top left corner.

Depression, mental health and suicide greatly affect physicians. However, due to stigma, exact numbers are not known. Katherine J. Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S., assistant professor, is currently conducting research on this topic.

She recently spoke with a team from Newsy about her work and is featured in a mini-documentary that is available online and will be broadcast on local news stations nationwide.

In the piece Dr. Gold discusses how she sees physicians who do not want mental health diagnoses on their record due to licensing concerns. The video team also joined her at the Federal of State Medical Board where she was invited to speak about this research. The video also features a physician in Colorado who contemplated suicide and the family of a North Carolina physician who committed suicide. It follows the process of the changing recommendations to mental health questions on medical license applications.

A second video also features U-M medical student, Rahael Gupta, who has been very public about her depression diagnosis during medical school.

Both videos are available online at: