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Physicians Invited to Free Wellness Course Oct. 19

Physicians are encouraged to attend a free one-day wellness course on Friday, Oct. 19, to learn ways to balance between personal and professional life, and address and manage burnout.

The course, led by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and sponsored by Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO, and the medical staff, will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It also is open to other clinical staff, including nurses and allied health professionals.

"Stress and burnout continue to be topics among our staff, but little attention has been paid to interventions," said Waguih W. IsHak, MD, vice chair of Education and Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. "There are tangible, proven interventions—both individual and systemwide—that can help our healthcare teams feel more supported and find better balance in their personal and professional lives."

The course will feature several guest speakers from the organization, discussing topics such as:

  • Understanding the internal and external factors that cause a decrease in wellbeing
  • Developing systems-based interventions to incorporate and sustain wellness into your daily routine
  • Practicing methods of wellness promotion
  • Utilizing the healing power of humor

In the U.S., healthcare professionals suffer from burnout more than other workers. And while extensive research suggests the issue may have profound effects on an individual, it also indicates it may have major consequences on the quality of patient care.

"We are committed to changing the statistics and ensuring our healthcare professionals have the tools needed to be resilient and manage the complexities of practicing medicine," said Clement C. Yang, MD, FACP, chief of staff. "Thanks to the generous support of Mr. Priselac, we can address the concerns affecting our brilliant healers and help them find joy in medicine once again."

In addition to guest speakers, the course also will include breakout sessions focused on practical, tangible strategies to help nurture overall wellbeing.

"A healthcare professional has to maintain a balanced life—a balance between work, love and play—in order to keep their healing power," said IsHak. "The course is intended to help learn and achieve that."

Space is limited. Register at the Wellness Course website using the following codes:

  • Faculty and medical staff: WELLNESS18
  • Fellows and residents: HSWELL18
  • Allied health professionals: AHWELL18