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Physician suicide is a hot topic these days, with rates are higher than for any other profession. Certain medical specialties carry with them a much higher risk of suicide completion. For example, aesthesiologists die by suicide more than twice as often as the next highest risk specialists, surgeons. As medical students consider residency, what weight do your think should be given to these kinds of statistics? For students interested in high risk specialties, what steps do you recommend be taken to protect against this suicide epidemic? For medical students who are already feeling burnt out (or experiencing moral injury) before applying to residency, is there a "safe" time and way to take a long-term academic break without severely lowering one's chances of securing a spot in a competitive specialty? What do you recommend to the graduating student who is thinking about quitting medicine altogether? If applicable, how have you managed your own depression and/or suicidal thoughts?