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National Health Organizations Partner To Reduce Physician And Medical Student Suicide

Three national health organizations have partnered to reduce an estimated 300 suicides by physicians and medical students each year.

A program launched Thursday includes identifying risk factors before symptoms develop.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Mayo Clinic are partnering to help doctors control and reduce stress, depression and fatigue, as those are identified factors, along with mental health conditions, that can lead to suicide.

Mayo Clinic education dean Fredric Meyer said in a statement: "physician well-being has a direct impact on patient care."

Mayo’s enrollment includes 200 medical students and nearly 2,400 residents and fellows on three campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 24-34 age range, after accidents.

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