This conference is designed to help physicians and other health professionals develop and implement strategies to improve their own health and well-being, thereby enhancing patient care. The stresses of medical practice and the burnout that physicians and other clinicians experience continue to strengthen and grow. It is important to develop effective approaches in medical practices, and in the overall health care system, to counteract this trend. This one-day educational forum will offer practical individual and organizational techniques for combatting stress and burnout with engaging workshops on resiliency, mindfulness, writing, and, empathy. The workshops will focus on fostering mastery of implementable techniques and on helping participants to identify and overcome specific organiza-tional barriers that may impede change in various practice settings. During the course of the day, each participant will attend two workshops, and the program will culminate with a large group discussion of learning and conclusions involving all four topic areas, with an eye toward fostering health-promoting culture change in individual organizations and across the delivery system.
The event will feature a special luncheon presentation — “How Surviving Ebola & Serving Its Victims Enhances the Quality of My Personal Life” — by Dr. Rick Sacra, an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the UMASS Medical School. Dr. Sacra contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia and he underwent successful treatment in the United States. He continues his work in West Africa helping patients and communities contend with infectious disease and a variety of health issues.
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