Preserving Medical Student Mental Health

This episode addresses mental health, burnout, depression, and suicide. If you or a loved one is in distress, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support online at or over the phone at 1-800-273-8255.

On this episode of the Academic Medicine Podcast, hosts Toni Gallo and associate editor Dr. John Coverdale and guests Christopher Veal and Dean Richard Page discuss medical student mental health, the barriers to students and physicians seeking treatment and disclosing their distress, and how medical schools can better support students to preserve their mental health. Chris Veal starts the conversation by telling the story of his mental health journey as a medical student. 

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Read the article discussed in this episode at 

We Burn Out, We Break, We Die: Medical Schools Must Change Their Culture to Preserve Medical Student Mental Health

A transcript of this episode is available at

Further Reading

Veal CT. We burn out, we break, we die: Medical schools must change their culture to preserve medical student mental health. Acad Med. 2021;96:629-631.