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Recently, a physician in our community took his life. Our wellness committee met to consider ways to provide support to our medical community, and it quickly became clear to me that placing blame on either the system (and the system executives) or on the physician himself was counterproductive.

Both the physician's peers and the system executives who had been working to help this physician were clearly devastated by this loss - and each in their own ways, had been trying to alleviate this physician's suffering.

In an effort to identify ways to address this crisis, I often meet with physicians to learn more about their viewpoints and ideas, but I also began to consider ways to expand my understanding of the perspectives of healthcare system executives working to address serious issues like physician burnout and suicide.

What are some steps we can take to work together more effectively - with better understanding and a common purpose?