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International Conference on Physician Health Aims to Help Physicians Find Work-Life Balance

Conference takes place Oct. 3-5 in Chicago and is sponsored by the American Medical Association, British Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association

For immediate release:
Sept. 9, 2010

CHICAGO To help facilitate a healthy work-life balance for physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) is joining the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in sponsoring the International Conference on Physician Health 2010: Physician Health and Resiliency in the 21st Century. The conference takes place Oct. 3 – 5 in Chicago.

“Striking a balance between caring for patients and maintaining personal health is one of the most difficult tasks physicians face, but it’s imperative physicians make their health a priority for themselves and for their patients,” said AMA President Cecil Wilson, M.D. “By finding an appropriate work-life balance and learning effective ways to deal with stress, physicians can be at their best and give their best to their patients, families and friends.”

This year’s conference will present new scientific information and research on physician health and deliver new and innovative thinking about how physicians can achieve an appropriate work-life balance.

 Areas of concentration will be:

  • Burnout and peer support
  • Physician health as linked to quality and patient safety
  • Workplace wellness
  • Physical and mental health and well-being (including resident and medical student health)

“With guest speakers from around the world, educational sessions and group activities, attendees will leave this conference with new ideas and strategies for maintaining optimal work-life balance,” said Dr. Wilson. “Spouses and life-partners are also encouraged to attend and participate in the Medical Family in the 21st Century workshop.”

Registration for the International Conference on Physician Health is open. Special early bird rate expires on Sept.10.

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Contact:
Lisa Lecas
AMA Media Relations
312-464-5980

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