Personal Health and Wellbeing

Per the ACGME Common Program Requirements, “In the current health care environment, residents and faculty members are at increased risk for burnout and depression. Psychological, emotional, and physical well-being are critical in the development of the competent, caring, and resilient physician. Self-care is an important component of professionalism; it is also a skill that must be learned and nurtured in the context of other aspects of residency training.” Wellness presentations provide instruction in physical, emotional, and psychological wellness, such as addressing burnout, anxiety, and depression; building resilience; managing time, clinical duties, and alertness; mitigating fatigue; recognizing impairment from illness, fatigue, and substance abuse in oneself and others; work-life balance.

Anxiety and Depression

  • Speaker: Ronald D. Franks, MD
  • Description: Anxiety and depression, with special focus on the meds, especially when a simple SSRI is not enough.
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Distinguish depression from an anxiety disorder,
    • Describe treatment strategies for depression that only partially responds to an SSRI, and
    • Describe treatment strategies for an anxiety disorder other than using benzodiazepines.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support
  • Time: TBD

Building Resilience

  • Speaker: Franklin Trimm, MD
  • Description: Burnout and Building Resilience
  • Objectives: Objectives for this session will be developed based on the needs of the department.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support.
  • Time: TBD

From Sisyphus to the Phoenix: Burn Out and Resiliency in Physicians

  • Speaker: T. J. Hundley, MD
  • Description: This session can be a one-hour grand rounds style conference or a 60 - 90 minute workshop with a focus on practical strategies to address burn-out. The content of these sessions can be tailored to the needs of the department.
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Define the terms “Burnout” and “Resiliency”
    • Describe the impact burnout has on both trainees and physicians
    • Recognize the factors contributing to burnout
    • Discuss the evidence to prevent burnout and promote resiliency
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support.
  • Time: 60 – 90 minutes

Mental Health Concerns

  • Speaker: Luke Engeriser, MD
  • Description: Depression, Anxiety, Suicide
  • Objectives: Objectives for this session will be developed based on the needs of the department.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support.
  • Time: TBD

Spinning Plates

  • Speaker: Candace Park, PhD, LPC, NCC
  • Description: Multiple roles and stress
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Identify multiple roles within life
    • Discuss multiple roles and how they contribute to stress
    • Identify signs of stress and symptoms of stress
    • Implement stress management techniques for their occupational and personal lives
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with access to PowerPoint and audiovisual support.
  • Time: 60 minutes

Note: Dr. Park can also speak on the following topics by request:

  • Mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, suicide, etc.
  • Burnout, building resilience
  • Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
  • Teaching relaxation and/or mindfulness techniques
  • Stress management
  • Work-life balance
  • Professionalism

Taming the Fire: Handling Stress, Preventing Burnout, and Building Resilience

  • Speaker: Samuel A. McQuiston, MD
  • Description: Burnout is common in our fast-paced society, but it is especially problematic for those who care for others. When the triggers, signs, and symptoms of burnout are recognized, an individual can use internal and external resources to address burnout and build resilience in themselves and others.
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Identify common stressors in their lives and the lives of their peer group,
    • Describe the concepts of burnout and resilience,
    • Identify the signs and symptoms of burnout in themselves and others,
    • Describe mechanisms to address burnout and build resilience,
    • Access a network of resources before personal coping mechanisms fail, and
    • Provide support for others experiencing burnout.
  • Location and Resources: An interactive learning center is preferred, but a conference room with tables and chairs is acceptable. Audiovisual support is required.
  • Time: 1.5 hours

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