Perfectionism, Power, and Process: What We Must Address to Dismantle Mental Health Stigma in Medical Education.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this commentary, the authors draw on 2 personal accounts of mental illness published by Kirk J. Brower, MD, and Darrell G. Kirch, MD, in this issue to consider how and why mental health stigma is maintained in medical education. In particular, they explore how perfectionism, power differentials, and structural forces drive mental illness stigma in medical education. They argue that mental health stigma in medical education, while deeply embedded in the physician archetype and medical culture, is not inevitable and that dismantling it will require individual courage, interpersonal acceptance, and institutional action.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bynum, WE; Sukhera, J

Published Date

  • May 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 96 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 621 - 623

PubMed ID

  • 33885411

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-808X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States