Grand Rounds | The Price of the White Coat: Suicide Among Physicians and Medical Trainees

Join us for another in this Grand Rounds series to help health professionals manage stress, anxiety, and depression
"GW Resiliency & Well-Being | Grand Rounds - The Price of the White Coat: Suicide Among Physicians and Medical Trainees"


The rate of suicide among health professionals is higher than for the general population. The COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the stressors negatively affecting health professionals. In this talk, Viktoriya Karakcheyeva, MD, MS, NCC, LCPC, LCADS, Behavioral Services Director, GW Resiliency & Well-being Center, will cover suicide epidemiology, facts on physician and medical trainee suicide, suicide risks and protective factors, suicide assessment basics, and what you can do to help a colleague.

Dr. Karakcheyeva has been in clinical practice for two decades with a mission of providing evidence-based therapeutic approaches to address complex life challenges and transitions, including addiction and trauma. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Dnipropetrovsk National Medical Academy in Ukraine with a focus in psychiatry. She received her training in Psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Salzburg, Austria. She also holds a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University Maryland.


  1. Become aware of the unique factors that put physicians at the increased risk for suicide.
  2. Learn how to ask tough questions about suicide if you are worried about a physician colleague.
  3. Know where to get additional help and resources for crisis support.