Reducing Physician Burnout

Welcome to Reducing Physician Burnout, a seven-part audio training series.

Program Release: August 6, 2022
Expiration Date: August 6, 2023
There are no prerequisites for participation.

Overview

“The secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” –Francis Peabody

Burnout is reaching epidemic levels for healthcare providers. Clinicians are taught that empathizing with their patients, yet this can lead to empathy fatigue, and the development of habits that are self-protective against burnout, yet can be a Catch-22 with regard to connecting with patients and building a relationship that makes patients feel cared for.

This short training, comprised of seven brief audio lessons, will teach clinicians how to be with and hold patients’ suffering without being consumed by it. It will also help clinicians identify and work with reactions in patient encounters (e.g. frustration, anger, etc.) as well as habits that contribute to burnout (e.g. not being able to stop thinking about a problem, worrying about patients, taking work home etc.). The training will also provide clinicians with simple, pragmatic, on-the-go skills and practices that can be employed both in clinical settings and at home to improve resilience and wellbeing. Specific topics include: how to be with pain/suffering without being consumed or overly reacting to it, working with frustration, anger, hopelessness in difficult patient interactions, working with intrusive/distracting thoughts, working with self-judgment, developing curiosity to improve diagnostic skills, and diagnosing and treating pain.

Faculty Disclosure

The Warren Alpert Medical School is committed to presenting CME activities that promote improvements and/or quality in health care and are developed free of the control of ineligible companies. It is our policy to ensure that our activities are balanced, independent, objective, scientific, and in compliance with ACCME and other regulatory requirements. 

The Faculty and planners of this program have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclaimer and Privacy Policy

The Warren Alpert Medical School is committed to presenting CME activities that promote improvements and/or quality in health care and are developed free of the control of ineligible companies. It is our policy to ensure that our activities are balanced, independent, objective, scientific, and in compliance with ACCME and other regulatory requirements. 

Target Audience

Physicians, Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, and Nutritionists who have direct patient contact.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this series, the learner should be better able to:

  • Describe and apply pragmatic skills to interact and handle patients’ suffering without being emotionally exhausted by it.
  • Describe and apply strategies to increase resilience and wellbeing in clinical settings and at home.
Course summary
Course opens: 
08/06/2022
Course expires: 
08/06/2023
Cost:
$0.00

Session 1: Feeling the Pain: Empathy and Action
Estimated time to complete: 25 minutes | This enduring activity is approved for up to 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Session 2: Compassion the new empathy? Taking the me out of empathy
Estimated time to complete: 25 minutes | This enduring activity is approved for up to 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Session 3: How life gets in the way
Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes | This enduring activity is approved for up to 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Session 4: The habit of judging ourselves and others
Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes | This enduring activity is approved for up to 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Session 5: Working with stress and anxiety
Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes | This enduring activity is approved for up to 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Session 6: Spreading Curiosity: Don’t just do something, sit there
Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes | This enduring activity is approved for up to 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Session 7:  The obstacle is the way
Estimated time to complete: 25 minutes | This enduring activity is approved for up to 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Session 8: A Summary of all that we’ve explored
Estimated time to complete: 10 minutes | Credit is not awarded for this session

Jud Brewer MD PhD is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and Associate Professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences at the School of Public Health and Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for behavior change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and source-estimated EEG, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. 

The Warren Alpert Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This enduring material is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates of attendance are available for all other participants. 

 
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