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AMA-APS Meetings

Annual 2016 Meeting

Chicago, June 10-11, 2016

Register now and view the draft agenda for the AMA Academic Physicians Section meeting, held in conjunction with the Annual 2016 Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Please join your academic physician colleagues for this important event. APS members can play a role in helping shape AMA policy by expressing their viewpoints on reports and resolutions to come before the AMA HOD. The meeting also offers great networking opportunities to enjoy dialogue with your colleagues at medical schools nationwide.

In collaboration with the AMA Senior Physicians Section and Women Physicians Section, the APS is sponsoring three educational programs on the topic of physician wellness and burnout, to be held on June 11. Sessions include:

Physician wellness and resiliency throughout the medical education and practice continuum: An overview
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Distress is common among physicians and can have substantial personal and professional implications. An extensive body of research has demonstrated a strong link between physician’s personal well-being and the quality of care they provide patients. Several decades of research have identified many of the factors that contribute to physicians’ distress. More recently, studies have begun to define the personal and professional characteristics that contribute to physician well-being and satisfaction. In his talk “Finding meaning, balance, and personal satisfaction in the practice of medicine,” Tait Shanafelt, MD, director, Mayo Clinic Program on Physician Well-being, will review the literature on physician satisfaction and burnout and discuss the personal and professional repercussions of physician distress. Finally, he will review the individual and organizational approaches to promoting physician well-being.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session the physician will be able to:

  • Discuss what is known regarding professional satisfaction and personal burnout among physicians.
  • List the personal and professional consequences of burnout.
  • Identify personal and organizational approaches to promote physician well-being.

Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Masks, comics, and the “art of darkness”: Improving physician wellness and resiliency throughout medical education and practice
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

The “hidden curriculum” of medical education can expose medical students and resident/fellow physicians to an unhealthy emotional environment and can lead to burnout. This hands-on session will offer two creative methods for promoting personal reflection about professional roles and responsibilities, broadly addressing the issues of wellness and burnout. These two methods are 1) creating and designing a mask and 2) drawing a comic. Presenting and leading the activities will be Mark Stephens, MD, APS at-large member, and Michael J. Green, MD, Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session the physician will be able to:

  • Implement creative means to encourage critical reflection in the context of professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Share techniques that help learners explore professional identity formation and the hidden curriculum in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Burning up, burning out, or burning brightly?
12:00 – 1:30 pm

Note: This program is designed for all physicians, but specifically targeted to those 65 years of age and older.

Recent studies demonstrate that many physicians are experiencing high levels of dissatisfaction with their profession. Factors include more intense work environments, increasing time spent on less meaningful activities, and the introduction of new quality standards and electronic health records, among others. Aging can bring declines in some areas of performance, but senior physicians are also well-equipped to contribute in distinctive ways that enhance work experience. What should senior physicians--and physicians at all stages of development--focus most intently on to connect with their calling, find professional fulfillment, and care for their patients in ways they can take pride in? This educational session will explore ways senior physicians who are confronted by such challenges can thrive and continue to make a difference. Presenting will be Richard Gunderman, MD, professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, philanthropy, and medical humanities and health studies, Indiana University.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session the physician will be able to:

  • Describe the risk factors for professional burnout.
  • Identify approaches that promote professional fulfillment.
  • Develop strategies to reduce burnout and promote fulfillment for self and colleagues.

Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Make sure we have your email address so you can stay up to date on this and other announcements. Email us now at fred.lenhoff@ama-assn.org.

Also, be sure to check out highlights from past APS meetings.

Future APS meetings:

Nov. 11, 2016—Seattle, Wash.
June 9-10, 2017—Chicago, Ill.
Nov. 10-11, 2017—Honolulu, Hawaii
June 8-9, 2018--Chicago, Ill.