Doctors Fight to Unionize: Loma Linda Medical Residents, Mental Health Advocates Gather at City Hall

Los Angeles, CA — Medical residents at Loma Linda University Medical Center are fighting for accommodations that most take for granted: fair wages, sustainable working conditions and work-life balance. 

On April 27, preceding Mental Health Awareness Month in May, medical residents at LLUMC and mental health advocates gathered at Los Angeles City Hall to shed light on the ongoing and under-reported physician suicide crisis in the United States and reflect on possible solutions. 

Working in the medical field is stressful enough, but combined with burnout, sleep deprivation, and sparse access to mental health services, it can be deadly. According to reports from the American College of Emergency Physicians, approximately 300 to 400 doctors died by suicide last year in the United States, not including unreported attempts.