July 9 - 12, 2019: Addressing the Burnout Epidemic by Promoting a Culture of Wellness in the Healthcare Setting: A training program for leaders

Conference Information


Goals: Train leaders within departments and divisions on physician wellness and resilience topics such as wellness, identifying and dealing with stress and stress management, burnout, and impairment. Identify resilience building activities for physicians within departments and designing and implementing organizational programs to address and reduce risk of burnout and impairment.

Objectives: After participating in this CME activity, leaders will:

  1. Identify individual risk factors, sources and consequences of stress and burnout at work and home.

  2. Engage in reflection to connect meaning and value as a physician.

  3. Apply knowledge of managing energy to cases and current work-life situation.

  4. Practice emotional regulation, conflict management, assertiveness communication and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

  5. Identify areas of personal change and design a personal wellness plan by writing B-A-SMART-ER™ goals to implement and complete within the next six months.

  6. Analyze the current workplace environment and outline solutions that promote well-being and professionalism using a nominal group technique.

  7. Create a brief summary of next steps for developing and implementing changes within his/her area for improving a culture of wellness.

Target Audience: Academic/hospital division chiefs, program directors, chief wellness officers and department chairs of all specialties

Charlene M. Dewey, MD, MEd, MACP Vanderbilt University Medical Center Division of General Internal Medicine & Public Health

Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

William Swiggart, MS, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Center for Professional Health

Registration:   CLICK TO REGISTER

The cost is $2500 (includes all materials, pre-assessments and interpretation, CME fees, parking, continental breakfast, lunches, and Tuesday evening reception).  You may pay by credit card or by check. Please make checks payable to VUMC. Credit card payments must be made online. We cannot accept credit cards on site. There is a $25 surcharge when paying with a credit card.

Course enrollment is limited. Please complete the enrollment form online or fax (615-936-0676) to the Center for Professional Health. Please contact us to confirm availability. Upon registration, you will be re-directed to the payment page. Please enter Burnout as CME course name.

Location and Parking: All sessions are held at Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Room 1107 (11th floor) Oxford House. Street address is 1313-21st Avenue South, corner of 21st Ave S and Dixie Place.

Click here for directions. Parking will be provided in South Garage and a parking pass for the first day will be mailed to you.

Conveniently located Hotel Options are available.

Accreditation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Curriculum Outline

Pre-session Activities

~60 minutes preparation - Readings and web-based self-assessments


5:30 pm – Reception/dinner with meet and greet activity

6:30 pm – Visioning activity

7:30 pm - Close


8:00 am - Breakfast with Welcome and Program/Day Overview

8:30 am - Session 1 | Introduction and Group activity: Envisioning the Future

9:30 am - Session 2 | Professional Health and Wellness: Conceptual Models and Wellbeing

10:45 am - Break

11:00 am - Session 3 | Professional Health and Wellness: Stress and Stress Management

12:00 Noon - Lunch

1:00 pm - Session 4 | Professional Health and Wellness: Burnout and Impairment

2:30 pm - Session 5 | Happiness, Resilience, and Joy in the Job (Part 1)

3:30 pm - Break

3:45 pm - Session 6 | Happiness, Resilience, and Joy in the Job  (Part 2) and Intent to change, Goals and Goal Setting: B-A-SMART-E-RTM

5:00 pm - Close


8:00 am - Breakfast and Overview of the Day

8:30 am - Session 7A | Distressed Behaviors, Shame and Guilt in Medicine

10:00 am - Break

10:45 am - Session 7B | Distressed Behaviors, Shame and Guilt in Medicine

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Session 8 | Managing People: Conflict, Communication and Culture to Reduce Burnout

2:30 pm - Session 9 | Organizational Approaches to Combating Burnout

3:30 pm - Break

3:45 pm - Session 10 | Individual and Organizational Approaches to Reducing Burnout - case discussion - focus on individual

5:00 pm – Close


8:00 am - Breakfast and Overview of the Day

8:30 am - Session 11 | Individual and Organizational Approaches to Reducing Burnout - case discussion - focus on organization

10:00 am - Break

10:15 am - Session 12 | Designing the Dream: Identifying Problems and solutions (nominal group)

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Session 13 | Prioritizing Changes and Creating Departmental/Organizational Goals and Action Items

3:00 pm - Session 14 | Summary of Projects and Collaboration

4:00 pm – Closing Remarks

4:15 pm - Close