Physicians are important role models for their patients and peers, which makes their own personal health an influential factor in health promotion and disease prevention. Recent studies have shown that physicians who practice healthy behaviors for themselves are more likely to talk to their patients about these topics. It is imperative to recognize and support personal health at each stage of professional development, as medical students, residents, and practitioners.
For more than two decades, the success of this international conference has been fueled largely by the work, research and wisdom of colleagues and peers. These efforts push our collective understanding of physician health and well-being forward in ways that profoundly benefit our profession.