The latest published study by Katherine Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S., assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and depression and reproductive and women's health researcher, has struck a chord with academic and non-academic audiences alike, with mentions from to the White House. In the Washington Post this week, guest op-ed writer Nathaniel P. Morris grounded his analysis in Dr. Gold's latest publication in General Hospital Psychiatry.
Dr. Morris is currently a resident physician at Stanford and a recent graduate of Harvard Medical School. In the piece, he reflects on his experiences with depression in medical school and the fear that drove him to delay treatment and support. Despite his prestigious medical training and accomplishments, Dr. Morris feared how a record of mental illness could hinder his career aspirations, namely, as a future barrier in the medical licensure process. Dr. Morris is in the midst of applying for his medical license now, and he leaves the reader with one last question, "Should I have kept quiet?"
Dr. Gold's current research focuses in on that key process, medical licensure, and the role it may play in driving physicians to hide and defer treatment for mental health conditions.