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Connections: How to support medical professionals struggling with mental illness


Research shows the rates of mental illness and suicide are up among physicians. Dr. Ronald Epstein and colleagues are exploring how mental illness affects health care practitioners and the barriers to getting treatment.

We discuss the research and talk about how the pandemic has increased rates of burnout among medical professionals. Our guests:

  • Ronald Epstein, M.D., professor in Family Medicine, Psychiatry & Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Chris Burleigh, R.N., nurse manager in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital 
  • Jefferson Svengsouk, M.D., professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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