STEPS Forward webinar series

On May 13, 2021, the AMA held a webinar in the AMA STEPS Forward™ series: "Association of physician burnout with suicidal ideation and medical errors." 

In this webinar presentation, Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD, and Nikitha Menon discussed findings from their study, “Association of Physician Burnout With Suicidal Ideation and Medical Errors,” published in JAMA Network Open in 2020.

They discussed the implications of the relationships between burnout, depression, suicidal ideation and medical error for organizations aiming to support physicians and their care teams.



AMA STEPS Forward® webinars

Access AMA STEPS Forward® webinars on physician well-being, practice redesign and implementing telehealth during COVID-19.

  • Nikitha Krishna Menon Social science research professional, Stanford WellMD & WellPhD Center Niki Menon is a social science research professional at the Stanford School of Medicine and a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a member of the WellMD team involved in various interventions to promote sleep, nutrition, culture, leadership, self-valuation, personal resilience, and other contributors to well-being in medicine, and as an aspiring future physician, she has cultivated an interest in increasing professional fulfillment and reducing burnout among physicians.

  • Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD Director of evidence based innovation, Stanford University School of Medicine WellMD Center Mickey Trockel, MD, Phd, is the director of evidence based innovation for the Stanford University School of Medicine WellMD Center. His development of novel measurement tools has led to growing focus on professional fulfillment as a foundational aim of efforts to promote physician well-being. His scholarship also identifies interpersonal interactions at work as a modifiable core determinate of an organizational culture that cultivates wellness.

With an increased number of people reporting worsening mental health in recent years, it is imperative that people are aware of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) telephone program.

People experiencing a suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress can call, chat or text 988, and speak to trained crisis counselors. The national hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The previous National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will continue to be operational and route calls to 988 indefinitely.

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