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Protecting interns and other physicians from depression and suicide

To help prevent depression and suicide, physician training programs must provide confidential counseling and urgent care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This month, more than 25,000 medical school graduates will begin working at hospitals and medical centers across the United States. By the end of September, nearly one-third of these new doctors could become depressed and 24 percent could have thoughts of suicide.

First-year interns often move away from family and friends to start the next chapter of intensive training. It is an exciting time, but also a difficult time. A recent study in confirms that

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