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Monday, February 27 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
(POWDER MOUNTAIN-SOLITUDE) Learner Wellbeing Seen Through Different Lenses: Resilience versus Respite

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Abstract Body: Background: That burnout is prevalent among learners and adversely affects both learner wellbeing and patient care is well recognized. Acknowledging this, Schools have developed wellness programs and curricula while attempting to improve the learning environment and decrease learner stress and mistreatment. Despite these efforts learner stress and burnout appears to be on the rise. One hypothesis for this paradoxical effect is that wellness efforts often seem reactive, sub optimally integrated into the learning environment, and for the most part focused on ‘respite’ activities for learners. Moreover, such programs often seem to lack an explicitly articulated theoretical framework to guide them. Whether these activities promote (or hinder) learner resilience as opposed to purely providing a venue for learners to decompress and compartmentalize their lives, is a cause for concern and deserving of exploration. Objectives: At the end of the session, participants should be better able to: 1) Compare and contrast wellness, resilience and grit, in the context of learners 2) Analyze the efficacy of wellness programs and activities using different psychological constructs and educational theory, and 3) Propose strategies that promote learner ‘wholeness’ Methods: OVERVIEW and INTRODUCTION (15 minutes): The session will begin with a brief overview of the imperatives for addressing learner wellbeing in today’s era and the literature pertaining to wellness programs and curricula. We will then introduce basic constructs of cognitive load theory, resilience and grit to set the stage to explore wellness efforts that programs have adopted and examine their benefits and possible unintended consequences. BRIEF PRESENTATIONS (35 MINUTES): We will then outline the experience of a few different Schools with wellness programs and curricular interventions; each school will discuss these programs from various frameworks and engage the audience in brainstorming the potential impact of these programs on learners and the School as a whole. SMALL GROUP BREAKOUT SESSION (25 Minutes): (facilitated by the presenters at the tables) Participants will use structured worksheets to analyze their own School’s learner wellness plans (existing or proposed) and deconstruct them using the principles of cognitive load theory and the psychological constructs reviewed previously. The goal of this part of the session will be to strategize how best to develop and implement wellness programs and minimize their unintended consequences. WRAP UP and SUMMARY (15 minutes): Large group report back on solutions and strategies to move this forward at participants’ institutions, Questions, Commitment to act Intended Outcomes: To explore current practices related to learner wellness in the context of education theory and different psychological constructs, and propose strategies that aim at making learners more ‘whole’ and resilient in the face of day to day challenges posed by the health care learning environment. Target Audience: Educators and educational administrators involved in curriculum development, admissions and student affairs who are interested in learner wellbeing 

Monday February 27, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm

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