Dear UCSD IM Family,
It is with sorrow that we reach out to you to acknowledge the tragic loss of a fellow internal medicine intern at our sister program at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. Although I did not personally know her, I know that many of you did and I am deeply sorry for your loss, and the loss to our entire community.
In the coming days, we will have opportunities to mourn, debrief, and discuss. I know there are no easy solutions to the many factors that contribute to a tragedy like this. I want to remind you that we are all here to support and help one another. If you are struggling in any way, please reach out for help—to one of us, or one of your classmates. If you are concerned about a friend or colleague, please also reach out to us. Know that this will be handled carefully and with utmost respect for confidentiality.
There will be a voluntary open Zoom meeting to help us process this loss, share feelings, connect with colleagues, ask questions about physician suicide or simply listen. It will be led by members of the Healer Evaluation Assessment Referral program tonight at 6pm. Please join if you are able.
We also want to remind you of the resources that we have including our HEAR program: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/hear/Pages/default.aspx
UCSD Chaplaincy: 619-290-1560
San Diego Access & Crisis Line: 888-724-7240
National Academy of Medicine Resources for Clinicians: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nam.edu/initiatives/clinician-resilience-and-well-being/clinician-well-being-resources-during-covid-19/
National Suicide Prevention & Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK