Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, and Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences, is one of five mental health care providers and advocates who discuss elevated suicide risk in the most recent issue of BridgeMI.com.
In the article, Dr. Sen says, “There is this issue of moral distress, where you feel like what’s happening to patients is not in line with your understanding of morals and ethics. If you feel like there is a patient you normally would save and that patient is dying, that is going to be really hard on health care providers.” He likens the toll of the coronavirus on health care workers to that of soldiers at war.
Here at Michigan Medicine Dr. Sen’s research focuses on the interactions between genes and the environment and their effect on stress, anxiety, and depression. He also has a particular interest in medical education, and leads a large multi-institution study that uses medical internship as a model of stress.