Our Purpose

The William Norcross M.D. Fund aims to give students the opportunity to become the best doctors that they can be, for their patients, for their peers, and for themselves.

In a time when physicians are needed the most, the psychological cost of duty falls on physicians the hardest.

It’s estimated that almost 400 U.S. physicians die annually from suicide. It is the second leading cause of death among 24 – 34 year olds in the profession. The risk of suicide is higher among male physicians, and almost twice as high among female physicians, than the rest of the general population.

Workplace stresses, inflexible scheduling, a poor balance of work and life, all of these contribute to the psychological stress that may lead a physician to take their own life.

Click here to read the 2022 U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Building a Thriving Health Workforce.