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Physicians and Nurses Encouraged to Attend Free Wellness Course Oct. 18

Physicians and nurses are encouraged to attend a free one-day wellness course on Friday, Oct. 18, to examine the importance of wellness and provide recommendations, tools and resources that healthcare professionals can utilize to develop resiliency, work-life balance and self-care.

The course, initiated 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. The event is open to all physicians, fellows, residents and nurses throughout Cedars-Sinai, including the medical network and affiliate hospitals.

"With a growing body of literature on the need to improve wellbeing of healthcare professionals, Cedars-Sinai remains committed to helping our healthcare teams find better balance and joy in the work they selflessly provide each day," said Waguih William IsHak, MD, professor and vice chairman of Education and Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. "This course is intended to take a step-by-step, practical approach to improve wellness."

The course will feature several guest speakers from inside and outside the organization, including an opening address by Arnold Gilberg, MD, PhD, and Bruce Gewertz, MD, surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery. The closing keynote will feature Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, philosophy and anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

In addition to three lectures and 16 breakout sessions, attendees will also participate in practice skills such as meditation, yoga, breathing and storytelling. Small focus groups are also included in the agenda, including ones specifically designed for female doctors, nurses, trainers and Cedars-Sinai's Schwartz's rounds.   

Attendees can expect to:

  • Acquire and practice stress management skills
  • Develop the skills necessary for sustained wellness
  • Acquire and practice emotional intelligence skills 
  • Actively participate in wellness activities

In the U.S., healthcare professionals suffer more burnout than other workers, with prevalence rates as high as 50% in physicians. Extensive research over the past decade illustrates that this issue could have a profound effect on the quality of patient care and there is concern that it might lead to early departure from the practice of medicine.

"These statistics must change, because our healthcare professionals deserve better," 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 CME credits for physicians, internal medicine physicians could earn eight MOC hours towards maintenance of the American Board of Internal Medicine certification.

Space is limited. Register at the Wellness Course website.