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Physician Guidance

The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBOM) has developed these guidance pages in an effort to assist in answering common questions from licensees and the public. Importantly, nothing in this guidance in any way alters the obligations and requirements for licensees as they are stated in law and regulation. If you are a licensee who is concerned about whether you are in compliance with Iowa laws and regulations, you should seek the advice of an attorney. 

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Mental Health and Other Resources

Tragically, physicians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. According to a survey released by, as many as half of physicians know a physician who has either considered, attempted or died by suicide in their career. Many excellent resources exist to support healthcare professionals experiencing a time of crisis. Below are organizations and resources to help: 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Emergency and Crisis Resources

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

Suicide Prevention Resources for Healthcare Professionals

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

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