IAMSE Spring 2018 WAS Session 3 Highlights

In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:

Integrating Wellness & Nutrition: Lessons from University of Cincinnati
Presenter: Sian Cotton, PhD
March 22, 12 PM ET


  1. Briefly review the crisis of chronic disease and minimal attention to lifestyle education in medical schools and healthcare provider burnout as background
  2. Highlight 2 programs at UC that constitute a preventive and educational approach to fostering well-being
  3. Provide overview of first program: Turner Farm Student Wellness retreats
  4. Provide overview of second program: Mind-Body course, modeled after Georgetown University
  5. Present information on development, outcomes, and sustainability plans for both programs as models

Program #1

Teaching Kitchen: idea is to pair the culinary science with the nutritional science.

  • To transform Disease Care to Wellness Care, need to educate health providers
  • Transformation starts with education of students -traditional curriculum does not emphasize lifestyle modification
  • Inter-professional learning grows into inter-professional team-based care
  • Turner Farm’s Teaching Kitchen as platform

Have Student Wellness Retreats

  • Retreats are 6 hours usually on a Saturday
  • Evaluations are over whelming supportive of the Wellness Retreats with regards to presentations, experience and opportunities for both professional and personal changes.

Conclusion/Future Directions

  • Student Wellness Retreats at Turner Farm were highly successful
  • Sought after –Student Affairs promotes
  • Development of personal wellness skills
  • Increasing interest in Integrative Health
  • Greatest challenge: funding/faculty time to sustain
  • Future longitudinal student teaching kitchen sessions for continued healthy behavior change and knowledge

Program #2

Mind-Body Course

  • One out of two physicians experience burnout
  • This is not just limited to physicians but to all health care professionals
  • “Burnout is a response to chronic stressors that wear on a person over time – not acute ones such as a big event or a big change” Christina Maslack, PhD
  • According to John Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness is “The awareness that emerges through paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”

Conclusion 1

  • Although the rates of chronic stress and burnout among physicians are rising, practicing mindfulness can reduce burnout and increase empathy
  • Student outcomes saw increase in mindfulness, empathy, positive affect, resilience and a decrease in perceived stress and negative affect.

Summary and Final Thoughts

  • Wellness, through nutrition, movement, mindfulness and connectivity is critical to expose students to early on
  • Experiential versus didactic-only
  • What is Required?
    • Faculty modelling
    • Integration, rather than “one-offs”
    • Resources

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”

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