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In this episode of the InsideTheBoards podcast, I interview Pamela Wible, America’s leading voice for ideal medical care. The question of the day concerns a medical student with overwhelming debt.


Our question of the day is brought to you by ExamGuru and concerns the case of a medical student confronted by a friend with his overwhelming amount of student loans. Learn a little about Freudian defense mechanisms for your psychiatry shelf, or USMLE/COMLEX exams.

The Interview

Pamela Wible shares her personal story dealing with depression and suicidality in medical school and then as a physician (and so do I…at least a little bit).

Learn how Pamela extricated herself from deep sadness to even deeper joy by being the doctor every doctor should be—a servant to her patients. Her personal testimony is powerful and worth hearing and sharing especially for anyone struggling with the demands of medical education and practice. In short, the message is YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

A Message for Struggling Students

I asked Pamela to be on the show, partly because I wanted to address the feelings of inadequacy and defeat experienced in particular by medical students who have failed an important exam. The conversation expanded to something much broader. But remember—not to be hoaky or anything—InsideTheBoards cares. If you’ve recently failed a Step exam, shelf or have just struggled your way through med school. Let us know what we can do to help. Being a good doctor has little to do with your score on an exam (yes, I concede—albeit begrudgingly—exams are required) and more to do with being competent (which takes a heck of a lot less than it takes to get a 270 on Step 1 but still waaaaay more than a basic level of “smarts”) and being willing to be a servant. Remember—to quote one notable healer—it’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. And sick patients need you. It’s why you suffered through so much to get into med school!

…Also in this episode

Learn about the National Day of Solidarity to help Prevent Physician Suicide

This Episode’s Freebie

As always, one lucky listener who leaves a review of the podcast and sends their screenshot to will be entered to win this week’s contest, a free, signed copy of Pamela’s book  Physician Suicide Letters: Answered. Buy it on Amazon!

About Dr. Pamela Wible

Pamela Wible, M.D. is a family physician born into a family of physicians. Despite her parents’ warning not to pursue medicine, Pamela followed her heart only to discover that to heal her patients she had to first heal her profession. Fed up with “assembly-line medicine,” Dr. Wible held town hall meetings where she invited citizens to design their ideal clinic. Open since 2005, Wible’s innovative model has sparked a populist movement that has inspired Americans to create ideal clinics and hospitals nationwide. When not treating patients, Pamela devotes her time to medical student and physician suicide prevention. Named the 2015 Women Leader in Medicine, Pamela’s pioneering work has been featured on several major news outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. She is the author of Physician Suicide Letters: Answered

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