The first day of our 22nd annual meeting is packed with workshops, seminars and speakers. Saturday’s activities will cover a variety of topics including writing engaging cases, an introduction to lifestyle medicine and mind-body physiology. IAMSE April Member of the month, Michael Lumpkin, along with co-presenter Emily Ratner, will host an engaging and insightful workshop on resident and medical faculty burnout and the steps to bringing positive changes to the fore.
Using Mind-Body Physiology to Gain Acceptance for Wellness/Resiliency Programs
Numerous studies have shown that hospital residents and medical school faculty suffer from a disproportionate amount of stress, burnout, and loss of empathy compared to the general population. This situation has negative ramifications for workforce retention, proper patient care, costs to health systems, and individual happiness.
Their stressors are increasing due to mounting institutional and regulatory demands. Often, in the culture of modern allopathic medicine, individuals are encouraged to deny or ignore their ongoing distress so that they may soldier on.
To address the challenge of introducing mind-body stress management skills to science-oriented residents and faculty who may have reservations, we will outline a paradigm that we have used to link the scientific basis of stress and stress-related diseases to the productive and accepted practice of mind-body skills to promote wellness and resiliency. In doing so, it is hoped that improved coping skills will enhance the longevity of and satisfaction with the work life and careers of medical faculty.
• To understand the physiology and pathophysiology of stress and burnout in residents and medical faculty.
• To learn how to construct and gain acceptance for a Mind-Body/Wellness/Resiliency program for residents and faculty who may have reservations about these practices.
• To actively participate in an experiential learning exercise used to teach and demonstrate the underlying scientific and biologic underpinnings of stress management with a mind-body skills session that employs a physiological monitoring device.