Do No Harm Screening and Panel Discussion
Check-in and appetizers will begin at 6 pm. The screening and panel discussion will begin at 6:45 pm.
Other "Do No Harm" Events
Doctors take an oath to save lives but are taking their own at an alarming rate, trapped in a toxic healthcare system that puts their lives and their patients’ lives at great risk in an epidemic that’s been covered up for decades—until now. The Iowa Medical Society has partnered with Des Moines University to have an exclusive screening of the film, Do No Harm. The event is free to physicians and providers in the community.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and in support of the priority by Iowa Medical Society to address physician burnout, the DMU community of students, alumni, and IMS members are invited to attend a documentary screening and panel discussion on this important issue impacting the health care profession.
What’s killing our doctors?
Jumping off hospital rooftops, hanging themselves in janitorial closets, overdosing on drugs—they’re A students and their suicides are often like well-planned school projects. Doctors are our healers, yet they have the highest rate of suicide among any profession. Medical students and families of physicians touched by suicide come out of the shadows to expose this silent epidemic and the truth about a sick healthcare system that not only drives our brilliant young doctors to take their own lives but puts patients lives at risk too.
“Do No Harm” follows four people bonded by tragedy on a mission to expose medicine’s dirty secret. Doctors and medical students pull back the curtain on the causes and cover-ups of why physicians have the highest rate of suicide among all professions. We learn it’s just the tip of the iceberg; a symptom of a much larger crisis in medicine. We uncover a link between the high rates of depression, burnout and sleep deprivation to an alarming number of medical errors including the preventable deaths of more than 250,000 people every year, making it the 3rd leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer to which Sen. Bernie Sanders says, “Why isn’t this on the front page of the papers every single day?” Learn more about the film.
Hawkins Mecham is a 4th year med student who attempted suicide and was saved by a fortuitous phone call from his wife just before he bled to death. We follow him as he struggles through his residency in hopes of fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a healer.
John and Michele Dietl are the parents of Kevin Dietl, who took his life three months before graduating medical school. We follow them during their first year after their loss as they turn grief into legislative action.
Dr. Pamela Wible is a physician, once suicidal herself, who now runs a hotline and a retreat and has been called a ‘guardian angel’ to suicidal doctors and med students.
- “What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides”
The Washington Post • January 13, 2018
- “Physician, heal thyself”
Huffington Post • July 19, 2017
- “Film to Explore Factors Contributing to Physician Suicide”
Psychiatric News • March 10, 2017
- Discouraged? Depressed? Suicidal? Watch this.
Pamela Wible, MD • December 28, 2015
The Iowa State Innovation Model (SIM-IA) is supported by grant # 1G1CMS331400-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.
The following speakers and planning committee members have no conflicts with commercial interest companies to disclose.
- Autumn Brunia, DO'19, Panel Member
- Nico-Al Gotera, DO'20, MPH'21, Panel Member
- Hillary Haas, DO, ABFM, AOBFP, Panel Member
- Sue Huppert, Planning Committee
- Erika Jaworski, DO'20, Panel Member
- Hawkins Mecham, Speaker and Panel Member
- Tammera Rogers, Panel Member
- Mike Romano, MD, Moderator and Panel Member
- Douglas Steenblock, MD, Panel Member
- Lisa Streyffeler, PhD, Planning Committee and Moderator
Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.
Continuing Education Credit
- MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 2.25 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
- DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 2.25 continuing education contact hours.
- Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 2.25 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
- Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.
- 2.25 AOA Category 2A
- 2.25 CPME
- 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 2.25 IBON
- 2.25 CE Contact Hour(s)