Full day workshop that will take place as a virtual event, online.
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
Maximum Participation: 30 ophthalmologists
Facilitators: Rev. Andrew Blake and Dr. Agnes Wong
Language: Presentation will be in English
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.
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 to learn skillful strategies to tackle them.
- Draw on a personal repertoire of mindfulness skills and strategies that can be applied in their daily lives.
The workshop Everyday Mindfulness for Busy Clinicians is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by theCanadian Ophthalmological Society. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours.
Kindly note that there is a maximum attendance of 30 participants, when you register you will be sent a confirmation email with the event details. To attend this event, please register online: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfumrqDkpGdQRy5mZQSRht0TURRlggAev
This program was delivered with financial support from an educational grant provided to the COS by the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial Management and Scotiabank through the Affinity Agreement.