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Emerging Topics Webinar Series

The AMA's Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability webinar series focuses on physician well-being, practice redesign and implementing telehealth during COVID-19. Programming explores resources and solutions to help alleviate stress on health care systems, teams, and staff during the pandemic and guide systems through telehealth integration. 

Please note: We are not offering continuing medical education (CME) credits for participation in these webinars at this time.

Webinar registration

Register for webinars in the Emerging Topics: Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability series.

 

 

  1. Jan. 19, 2021, 1–2 p.m. Central: Vaccinations: Roadmap for success

    1. Speaker: Marie Brown, MD, associate professor, internal medicine, Rush Medical College and director of practice redesign, American Medical Association 
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    3. The COVID pandemic has not changed the crucial conversations to have with patients about vaccines. Understanding why vaccine hesitancy exists is the first step toward increasing acceptance. Learn how to communicate with storytelling and metaphors, not just numbers.
  2. Jan. 26, 2021, 1–2 p.m. Central: Building well-being into culture

    1. Speakers: Luis Garcia, MD, FACS, MBA, FASMBS, president, Sanford Health Clinic; Heather Spies, MD Medical Director of Clinician Experience, Sanford Health; Aaste Campbell Director of Clinician Experience, Sanford Health
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    3. Sanford Health is proud to be a physician-led integrated health system. In this webinar, the co-directors of their clinician experience office, Dr. Heather Spies and Aaste Campbell, will share how Sanford‘s clinicians are supported to help optimize work-life integration across the entire spectrum of their careers.
  3. Jan. 27, 2021, 1–2 p.m. Central: The Scholars of Wellness: A faculty development program to create wellness champions

    1. Speaker: Gaurava Agarwal, MD, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine and director of physician well-being at Northwestern Medicine Medical Groups
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    3. The award-winning faculty development initiative called the Scholars of Wellness will be presented, which can be adopted by organizations to help create a critical mass of faculty wellness champions that can advance well-being at the organizational level.     
  4. Feb. 2, 2021, 11 a.m.–noon Central: A review of telehealth trends: Informing the future of virtual care 

    1. Speaker: Stacy Lloyd, MPH, director of digital health & operations, American Medical Association
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    3. The AMA engaged in several research efforts over the last 8 months aimed at understanding the experiences physicians and patients have had using telehealth during COVID-19. In this presentation, we’ll discuss findings and identify opportunities to optimize telehealth and virtual care for enhanced impact now and into the future.
  5. Feb. 3, 2021, noon–1 p.m. Central: No one should care alone: Creating processes for intentional professional connection

    1. Speaker: Mark Greenawald, MD, professor and vice chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
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    3. Peer support programs have become widespread within the health care community and serve a vital role. These programs, however, generally only address the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the sense of distress and disconnection being experienced by many physicians. This presentation will help participants consider how to incorporate processes of intentional professional connection into their organizations, and into their own professional lives.
  6. Feb. 11, 2021, 11 a.m.–noon Central: Physician burnout: It’s not a resiliency deficit

    1. Speakers: Christine Sinsky, MD, vice president of professional satisfaction, American Medical Association & Colin West, MD, PhD professor of medicine, medical education, and biostatistics, Mayo Clinic
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    3. Experts will discuss findings from the study, “Resilience and Burnout Among Physicians and the General U.S. Working Population,” published in JAMA Network Open in 2020. The authors of the study will discuss efforts that health care organization leaders can do to address system issues to reduce burnout and promote physician wellbeing.
  7. Feb. 17, 2021, noon–1 p.m. Central: Medical assistants: Recruitment and retention

    1. Speaker: Marie Brown, MD, associate professor, internal medicine, Rush Medical College and director of practice redesign, American Medical Association
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    3. With 1,600 guidelines that must be addressed and only a 20-minute visit, providing care requires a team. The medical assistant’s role is crucial but too often underutilized.  Recruiting and retaining quality staff is also challenging. Learn how to increase the number of MAs that are trained with innovative programs and retain the best.
  8. March 2, 2021, 1–2 p.m. Central: Cognitive workload: A modifiable contributor to physician burnout?

    1. Speakers: Christine Sinsky, MD, vice president of professional satisfaction, American Medical Association & Elizabeth Harry, MD, senior director of clinical affairs, University of Colorado Hospital and visiting associate professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital School of Medicine-Division of Hospital Medicine
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    3. Cognitive workload contributes to burnout. In this presentation experts will discuss findings from their study "Physician Task Load and the Risk of Burnout Among U.S. Physicians in a National Survey," published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety in 2020. This investigation found that physicians with higher levels of cognitive workload have higher rates of burnout. The authors will also discuss approaches that health care organization leaders can take to address system issues to reduce burnout and promote physician well-being.
  9. March 25, 2021, noon–1 p.m. Central: What makes a high performing practice?

    1. Speaker: Kathleen Blake, MD, vice president of healthcare quality, American Medical Association
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    3. What are the essential ingredients that contribute to the success and sustainability of America’s small (<15) physician-owned high performing practices? Kathleen Blake, MD, will share the results of recent interviews conducted by Mathematica with family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology and surgical specialists across the country. 
  10. April 7, 2021, noon–1 p.m. Central: Challenges to team-based care: COVID-19 and beyond

    1. Speaker: Kevin Hopkins, MD, medical director, Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health and Ambulatory Surgery Center
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    3. This webinar will discuss the challenges to team-based care presented by the rapid pivot to telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic–and outline other, more common setbacks affecting team-based care, such as: staffing issues (open positions, turnover, recruitment, PTO coverage), workflow disruptions (technology issues, office emergencies, disagreeable patients), panel management during provider absence and regulatory roadblocks.
  11. April 21, 2021, noon–1 p.m. Central: Taming the EHR

    1. Speaker: Marie Brown, MD, associate professor, internal medicine, Rush Medical College and director of practice redesign, American Medical Association
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    3. The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is here to stay but can be source of great frustration for many. Learn what is under your control and tips that can save you hundreds of hours.
  1. Jan. 14, 2021, noon–1 p.m. Central: Telehealth policy & coverage: What you need to know for 2021

    1. Speakers: Kimberly Horvath, JD, senior legislative attorney, Advocacy Resource Center, American Medical Association &  Sandy Marks, senior assistant director of federal affairs, American Medical Association
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    3. Learn the latest developments and updates on policy and coverage at the federal and state level to ensure your practice is prepared to successfully leverage telehealth in 2021.

Learn more about the AMA’s work in practice transformation that aims to create the conditions where joy, purpose and meaning are possible for physicians and other health professionals.

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