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Everyday Mindfulness for Busy Clinicians

Physician Wellness
Workshop | Atelier
1:00 PM, Thursday 24 Jun 2021 (4 hours)

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While hosted online, this workshop is unlike a webinar, as it is highly participatory and interactive. Participants should expect to share their knowledge and experience through dyad and group discussion.

Physician wellness is an important issue and a growing concern within the medical profession. The recently released CMA National Physician Health Survey (2018) revealed that physicians experienced high burnout (30%), depression (34%), and lifetime suicidal ideation (19%). In addition, surgical specialists had 1.74 higher odds (74% increase in odds) to report low emotional well-being than those practising in other areas. Research has demonstrated that both intrinsic (e.g., personal traits) and extrinsic factors (e.g., high workload, long working hours, poor work-life integration, practice environment) adversely impact physician wellness.

In this one-day workshop, we will address physician wellness by introducing and developing mindfulness skills in participants so that they could tackle these contributing factors more skillfully at personal, interpersonal, and system levels. The emphasis will be placed on experiential exercises and everyday strategies aim to enhance personal and situational awareness in a physician’s busy life. A variety of formats including mindfulness training, didactic sharing, dyad exercises, prose/poem reading, and group discussion will be used to ensure an interactive experience that is invigorating, informative, and practical.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Engage mindfulness skills in participants through the practice of different types of mindfulness training (formal and informal)
  • Describe the contributing factors that lead to decreased physician wellness and burnout, and learn skillful strategies to tackle them
  • Draw on a personal repertoire of mindfulness skills and strategies that can be applied in their daily lives
CanMEDS Role:Professional

Advanced registration is required.

Maximum 30 participants.

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