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Sunday, February 26 • 9:15am - 10:45am
(POWDER MOUNTAIN-SOLITUDE) Integrating Wellness Across the Spectrum: Medical Student to Faculty

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Abstract Body: The idea of burnout as an important issue is not new, yet burnout rates continue to rise with rates estimated at 55% for U.S. physicians and 50-75% for residents. The consequences of burnout affect both the individual and the health care system, with decreased patient satisfaction, increased medical errors and higher costs. The cause of rising burnout appears to be multifactorial and includes increasing requirements for documentation, productivity pressure, work hours, perceived lack of appreciation, sense of a loss of control and/or autonomy, and organizational culture. There are many ways to programmatically address burnout, however, most fall into one of two categories - addressing individual resilience, and looking at environmental, structural or institutional support. Additionally, interventions can be focused at the individual, team, department/academic mission or system level. The needs of a particular group and the resources available will determine the scope of an intervention. Physician educators must address burnout in two spheres: that of the faculty and of the students/trainees they work with. As educators we are expected to address wellness and to prevent burnout, but how to effectively manage this task is less clear. The needs of each group vary based on many factors, including learner status, academic track and clinical setting. Programs need a framework of how to assess needs and communicate priorities to leadership. By recognizing and addressing the importance of wellness at all levels of an institution, faculty, staff, and learners can begin to focus less on burnout and more on the joys of practice. This presentation seeks to demonstrate how a program to minimize burnout and improve morale may be constructed using three case examples, Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, and at a system level focusing on individual departments in a School of Medicine. Attendees will be given the opportunity share successes and develop new strategies to bring back to their home institutions. The first half of this session will discuss background/programmatic approaches. Facilitated small group discussions will further explore program needs and roadblocks. Participants will be able to: Understand the scope of burnout in health care and downstream consequences. Describe programs that have been implemented to mitigate burnout and improve morale across multiple settings. Explore tools that will allow attendees to survey the needs of constituents, identify relevant stakeholders, and outline a program to address burnout at their institution. Target Audience: faculty interested in wellness at the provider, trainee, or student level. 

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Michelle Vo, MD

Director, Medical Student Wellness, University of Utah School of Medicine


Sunday February 26, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am
POWDER MOUNTAIN-SOLITUDE

Attendees (28)