The Foundation For Medical Excellence
Recovery and Resilience
Friday & Saturday,
October 4-5, 2013
In cooperation with:
Group Health Physicians
Virginia Mason Medical Center
UW Medicine Graduate
NW Kaiser Permanente, P.C.
Providence Health & Services
Legacy Health System
OHSU Integrative Self Care Initiative (ISIS)
John Alsever, M.D., Family Lectureship
William B. Webber Lectureship
a Northwest Regional Symposium
Statement of Need:
This regional symposium is part of a series of educational experiences presented by the Foundation’s Northwest
Center for Physician Well-Being. This conference is dedicated to providing physicians with the skills to manage change
in their personal and professional lives. It is also an opportunity to interact with others who are doing similar work,
to exchange program and curriculum ideas and to begin to study and develop positive methods of re-engineering the
work settings of northwest physicians to promote their well-being and personal growth.
Who should attend:
This program will benefit physicians, healthcare staff, representatives from hospital medical staff well-being
committees, representatives from staff model HMOs, representatives from physician group practices, residency and
medical school well-being coordinators, and all those who are interested in issues related to physician well-being.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• Define and recognize burnout
• Understand the leading cause for mental health issues in the workplace
• Discuss the relationship challenges of spouses and physicians
• Define resilience
• Provide practical tools for using Appreciative Inquiry techniques
• Describe the effects of mindfulness-based interventions on physicians
• Apply your values to how you spend time and money
• Think about how you allocate your time
• Discuss the essentials of a basic financial plan
• Define emotional intelligence
• Learn somatic centering as a resiliency practice
Mamta Gautam, M.D., MBA, FRCPC, CCPE, is a psychiatrist from Ottawa, a Clinical Professor in the
Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, a certified coach, and President and CEO of PEAK MD. She
is a pioneer in the area of Physician Health and Well-being, and is hailed as “The Doctor’s Doctor.” She is
the founding director of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Wellness Program. This program served
as the template for the Canadian Medical Association Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, where she
served as the Chair of the Expert Advisory Group. She created the Canadian Psychiatric Association Section
on Physician Health. In 2008, she founded the International Alliance on Physician Health, bringing together
experts worldwide to collaborate on work in this area. Dr. Gautam is an internationally known consultant and
speaker on Physician Health and Leadership in Medicine. She writes a regular column, Helping Hand, in the
Medical Post on Physician Health, as well as Coach’s Corner, a column in the newsletter for the Canadian
Society for Physician Executives. She has written two bestsellers – Irondoc: Practical Stress Management
Tools for Physicians, and The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy Life in Medicine. She founded PEAK MD in 2009,
expanding the concept of Physician Health to focus on wellness, and the proactive primary prevention of health
of professionals. She has received numerous awards for her innovative work in Physician Health, including
Distinguished Fellowships in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations, and was the inaugural
recipient of the Canadian Medical Association’s Physician Misericordia Award.
Dr. Gautam is the 2013 William B. Webber Lecturer.
Lt. Col (retired) Stephane Grenier, MSC, CD, served in the Canadian military for 29 years and
worked in various conflict and post conflict zones such as Rwanda, Cambodia, Kuwait, the Arabian Gulf on ship,
Lebanon, Haiti and Kandahar, Afghanistan. Faced with his own undiagnosed PTSD and depression upon return
from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces were dealing with mental health
issues. In 2001 he coined the term “Operational Stress Injury (OSI) and conceived, developed, implemented
and managed a government-based national peer support program for the Canadian military known as the
Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) program. His work led to the launch of a second highly
successful non-clinical mental health program within his workplace specifically designed to increase mental
health literacy and reduce stigma. His work was recognized by many including the Governor General of Canada
who awarded him the Meritorious Service Cross. In 2010 he was seconded to the Mental Health Commission
of Canada and entrusted with the role of leading and overseeing the development of National Guidelines
of such non-clinical interventions. In 2012 he retired from the Canadian military and became the founding
President and Chair of the Board of Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada and also founded
Mental Health Innovations, a company dedicated to help large organizations innovate in the field of mental
health disability management.
Peter S. Moskowitz, M.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Professional &
Personal Renewal in Palo Alto, California, providing career and life coaching to physicians nationwide since
1998. He is also Clinical Professor of Radiology, Emeritus, at Stanford University School of Medicine. He
is widely recognized as a leader in the field of physician career and life management, wellness education,
and career transition planning. A skilled career and life coach trained and certified at the prestigious Hudson
Institute of Santa Barbara, he has coached several thousand physicians individually and in workshop settings
since 1998. He was a founding member of the Physician Wellness Committee of the Medical Board of
California, and served for more than a decade on the Physician Well Being Committee at Stanford Hospitals
and Clinics. He is particularly interested in issues of career and life balance, medical career transitions, stress
and burnout management, the disruptive physician, and career planning for physicians-in-training. He is a
nationally recognized author, coach, and workshop facilitator. He is a frequent contributor to healthcare trade
journals on topics relating to physicians lives and careers, and is co-author of Medical Practice Divorce, a primer
on medical career transitions published by the American Medical Association Press.
Dr. Moskowitz is the 2013 John Alsever, M.D., Lecturer.
Lisa Goren, MS, is the Program Director for Physician Engagement at Legacy
Health, a five-hospital health system in Portland, Oregon. In her role, she is
responsible for ensuring physicians are strategic partners in organizational decision-
making as it relates to their practices. Lisa also oversees Legacy’s physician
leadership development program, which focuses on building physician leaders who
can adeptly lead amidst healthcare transformation.
In her prior role as a senior organizational development consultant, Lisa helped
leaders and teams improve processes, manage change, plan strategically and
communicate more effectively.
Lisa teaches in the Masters of Healthcare Administration program at Pacific
University and spent 10 years teaching undergraduate courses at other Oregon
universities. She has a B.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University and a
M.S. in Communication Studies from Portland State University.
David J. Kearney, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Medicine at the University of Washington, Gastroenterology Division, and the
Director, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at VA Puget Sound
Health Care System, Seattle, Washington. He is a physician at the VA Puget Sound
Health Care System affiliated with University of Washington. He has a specific
interest in the influence of stress-reduction on health. He has ongoing studies
that assess the effect of mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation
on PTSD symptoms, quality of life, self-compassion, compassion for others, and
Julia Smith, M.D., is an assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University
of Washington. She practiced primary care internal medicine in downtown Seattle
from 1981-2001. Her focus during her practice years was to help patients discover
the inner resources of mind and body to address the disease at the root of their
suffering. Her current work integrates what is understood in neuroscience with
study in adult development, ontologic and somatic (body-centered) coaching,
and traditions that derive wisdom through embodied practice: meditation, yoga
and the martial art of aikido. Dr. Smith offers coaching and workshops in somatic
awareness and embodiment as means to recover vitality, resilience, wisdom and
discernment in our lives, work and relationships.
Susan DeWitt Smith, D.M.A., holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree
from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Nelita True. Her
many musical accolades include a second prize in the Young Keyboard Artists’
International Competition, semi-finalist standing at the International Stravinsky
Awards Competition, several performance awards from Dartmouth College and a
performer’s certificate and teaching award from Eastman. Dr. Smith has performed
throughout the United States and New Zealand. An avid chamber musician, she has
played at the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Nelson
Music Festival and the Olympic Music Festival. Dr. Smith has appeared as a soloist
with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Palomar
Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and several times with the Oregon Symphony.
She is a member of the Oregon-based Third Angle New Music Ensemble, and lives
in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis and Clark, Reed College, Marylhurst
University, and maintains an active performing schedule.
Physician Well-Being: Recovery and Resilience
Friday, October 4, 2013
Optional Workshop —Separate Registration
1:00 - 5:00 pm — Rainier Room
Maximizing Your Personal and Relationship Effectiveness:
A Workshop for Couples — Peter Moskowitz, M.D.
Objectives: • Clarify Your Personal Purpose and Relationship Purpose
• Improve the Effectiveness of Your Personal Time Allocation
• Sustain Your Health: The Six Domains of Work-Life Balance
• Improve Your Work Effectiveness: Your Phone, Email, and Workflow
• Manage Your Career more Effectively: Use the Career Cycle to Your Advantage
The Medical Milieu in which we find ourselves as physicians creates incessant demands on our time,
our resilience, and the emotional and physical energy we have left to bring to the relationship table and
to our children. Often the many demands on our resources seem not only reasonable, but important.
Our scientific and clinical training rarely prepares us to deal with these competing demands. This four-
hour workshop for physicians and their spouses/partners will utilize a combination of didactic lecture,
experiential learning, and small group discussion to approach topics which provide hope, new ideas, and
new practical tools with which to improve your personal and couple effectiveness. Each participant will
receive a bound workbook containing the exercises and references, and will leave with a personalized
plan to increase effectiveness.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
7:30 - 8:15 am Registration/Continental Breakfast – Stevenson C/D
8:15 - 8:30 am Welcome and Introductions
8:30 - 9:15 am Plenary 1 – Stevenson C/D
Preventing Burnout — Mamta Gautam, M.D., MBA, FRCPE, CCPE
Objectives: • Define and recognize burnout
• Understand the bio-psychosocial factors that lead to stress and burnout
• Know the number one cause of stress, and number one skill in dealing
• Implement personalized strategies to prevent burnout
Stress is inherent in medicine, and can lead to burnout. This presentation is designed to assist physicians
in identifying their own sources of stress, and learning how to prevent burnout. Using a bio-psychological
approach, the main causes of stress will be discussed. The psychology of the professional will be outlined
to help us understand why we behave and react the way we do, and why we have difficulty making
positive changes. Early warning signs of trouble will be identified. The number one cause of stress is
revealed, as well as the number one solution. A general approach to burnout prevention is outlined.
9:15 - 10:00 am Plenary 2
Mental Health in the Workplace – A new way to look at an old
problem: Illness or Injury — Leadership or Clinical Matter?
Lt. Col (retired) Stephane Grenier, MSC, CD
Objectives: • Develop a new non-clinical lens to perceive mental health problems
• Understand the importance of social support as a determinant of
• Redefine and challenge entrenched paradigms regarding workplace
• Learn ways to begin systemic wellness
Mental health has now become the leading cause of both short and long-term disability claims and
together they account for the majority of workplace disability management costs in North America.
Traditionally, mental health difficulties in the workplaces have been principally viewed through two
lenses. The performance lens and the clinical one. Clinicians treat symptoms and leaders manage
behaviors. Has this approach served us well?
Anchored in over a decade of experience in dealing with mental ill health issues in the Canadian Military
and having worked with several large employers since his retirement, this presentation will challenge
traditional views regarding mental health in workplaces. New paradigms will be introduced and defined.
Simple and pragmatic ways of starting down the path of systemic wellness will be covered allowing
the start of a process to re-humanize the modern workplace and erode stigma. With trends such as
social distancing and productivity demands ever increasing in our brain-based economy, going back to
some simple and natural societal coping strategies long forgotten will be brought back to the forefront
as inspiration to move us forward.
10:00 - 10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:20 - 11:35 am Interactive Breakout Session #1 (select a session)
Breakout Session 1 — Rainier Room
The Medical Marriage: The Things Physicians
and Spouses Argue About — Peter Moskowitz, M.D.
Objectives: • Discuss the common features of the medical marriage
• Discuss the marriage challenges of spouses and physicians
• Present solutions to the challenges
• Create a safe forum for discussion between spouses
A successful marriage is the ultimate spiritual challenge. This is particularly true for physicians and their
spouses due to the unique demands of their relationship. This breakout session should be attended
by couples who would like to spend an hour thinking critically and openly with each other about their
relationship, their challenges, the things they argue about, and finding effective solutions. Written
exercises will lead each couple to an individualized plan to improve their marriage.
Breakout Session 2 — Baker Room
Enhancing Physician Resiliency —
Mamta Gautam, M.D., MBA, FRCPE, CCPE
Objectives: • Define resilience
• Know the 5 components of resiliency
• Identify specific strategies to promote and maintain resiliency
Physicians are vulnerable to stress in their daily lives. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after
such stress and being psychologically challenged. It depends on your ability to manage your personal
emotional reactions, and to respond effectively to others when they are stressed. This presentation
is designed to assist professionals in understanding their own sources of stress, and learning how to
enhance their resiliency to better manage it. The five key components of resiliency will be outlined.
Methods are outlined for implementation of strategies that address each component. Multiple clinical
vignettes are given throughout.
Breakout Session 3 — Summit 7
Appreciative Inquiry: Moving from Problems
to Possibilities — Lisa Goren, MS
Objectives: • Provide practical tools for using Appreciative Inquiry
techniques to current challenges
• Explore how focusing on strengths and successes can help you attain success
The pressures of today’s healthcare climate put overwhelming stress on the entire care delivery team.
These challenges can seem insurmountable without a clear path steeped in possibility, as opposed to
problems. In this session, participants will learn practical tools for using Appreciative Inquiry as an
approach for managing change in the immediate work environment. Explore how focusing on strengths
and successes can move individuals and teams to a place that had never before seemed attainable.
Breakout Session 4 — Summit 6
Mindfulness in the Workplace – Practical Applications —
David Kearney, M.D.
Objectives: • Describe the effects of mindfulness-based interventions on physicians well-being
and relational capacity
• Learn techniques for breathing meditation
In this interactive session, Dr. Kearney will explore simple and accessible mindfulness meditation
practices. Beginning with a simple exercise in which participants eat a single raisin mindfully, the
session will explore practices that develop the ability to let go of ruminative tendencies and live more
in the present moment. The session will also include a session of breathing meditation. The theoretical
framework within modern psychology for the health benefits of mindfulness meditation will also be
11:35 - 12:45 pm TFME Hosted Lunch – Stevenson C/D Foyer
12:45 - 1:30 pm Plenary 3 – Stevenson C/D
Values-Based Use of Your Time and Money — Peter Moskowitz, M.D.
Objectives: • Discuss the importance of purpose and values
• Apply your values to how you spend time and money
• Think about how you allocate your time
• Discuss the essentials of a basic financial plan
• Illustrate principles with a few examples from my coaching practice
“Battling as a coach in the trenches of physician burnout for the past 14 years has etched into my
mind the importance of poor personal resource management to the etiology of physician stress and
professional burnout.”— Peter Moskowitz, M.D.
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Physician Well-Being 2013 Conference Information
Friday & Saturday, October 4-5, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) Recovery and Resilience registration is $275
Friday, October 4, 2013 (1:00 - 5:00 pm) Maximizing Your Personal & Relationship Effectiveness:
A Workshop for couples – separate registration for $275 per couple
To register: Registration online at www.tfme.org. Hotel arrangements are made directly with
the Skamania Lodge Hotel at (509) 427-2531.
If you have questions, call the Foundation at (503) 222-1960. Space is limited, we encourage you
to register early.
In consideration of your fellow attendees and the faculty, the Foundation would respectfully ask that
participants not bring infants or children to any of the sessions or lunch. Please contact Skamania
Lodge to arrange child care. Spouses and guests are welcome to register for the conference at a
reduced registration fee of $150.
Registration Fee: Physician Well-Being $275 ($150 rate for spouses or residents)
(October 5, 2013)
Workshop for Couples Session: $275 per couple (Half-day October 4, 2013)
Refund Policy: Refunds prior to September 13th will be charged a $50 fee. No refunds after
September 13, 2013.
Venue and Accommodations: Skamania Lodge, 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, Washington 98648, (509) 427-2531
For a limited time, a block of rooms is being reserved for seminar registrants. Please call early for
reservations and be sure to mention that you are attending the Foundation’s Wellness Symposium.
You may also reserve a guest room online by visiting www.skamanialodge.com — please click
Special Needs: The Foundation For Medical Excellence fully complies with the legal requirements
of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If any participant attending this educational activity is in need of
accommodation, please contact the Foundation.
Accreditation: The Foundation For Medical Excellence is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit: The Foundation For Medical Excellence designates this live activity for a maximum of
5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) TM
. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with
the extent of their participation in the activity.
Our two most vital personal resources are our time and our money. Professional Burnout is almost always
associated with poor allocation of time and/or money. In this 45 minute didactic presentation, Dr.
Moskowitz will emphasize the importance of living with and within our own purpose and values, as part
of our own inner guidance system. Applying your personal values surrounding your time and your money
won’t prevent stress or burnout. However with effective use of these two vital resources as a foundation,
physicians will be well prepared to enter the battle, and much more likely to sustain resilience and enjoy
the practice of medicine.
1:30 - 1:40 pm Transitional Break
1:40 -2:55 pm Interactive Breakout Session #2 (select a session)
Breakout Session 5 — Rainier Room
Time and Money Management: Create Your Own Plan —
Peter Moskowitz, M.D.
Objectives: • Determine your current and your preferred weekly time allocation
• Consider how to move towards your preferred allocation plan
for improved balance
• Make some critical decisions about the state of your financial planning
• Create a personal plan to improve your time and money management
The plenary session on this topic presented fundamental concepts underlying the effective and efficient
use of your two precious resources, your time and your money. This 75 minute breakout session will
be a mini-workshop to focus on the practical applications of the principles discussed in the plenary. Dr.
Moskowitz will lead a discussion of how to create a personalized plan. Each participant will receive
a workbook with written exercises, and will leave the session with a personalized time and money
Breakout Session 6 — Baker Room
Mental Health in the Workplace: Peer Support Programs – From
Implementation to Research — Lt. Col (retired) Stephane Grenier, MSC, CD
Objectives: • Understand the building blocks of a successful peer support program
• Discover how peer support acts as a catalyst for organizational wellness
• Understand how peer support dovetails with other existing wellness programs
• Become familiar with Canadian National Standards of Practice for peer support
This workshop will specifically focus on the processes and protocols required to implement a workplace
peer support program that can be evaluated and where outcomes can be measured. In hopes of
rehumanizing the workplace, and challenging society’s traditional outlook regarding mental health,
Grenier has spent much of his career redefining how workplaces and individuals should care for and
support those affected by mental health problems. By developing, implementing, and managing peer-
based programs aimed at reducing stigma, Grenier provides leaders and managers a firm understanding
of how to deal with the fast-growing realities hindering today’s brain-based economy. His non-clinical
approach offers simple and pragmatic ways of giving purpose to the lived experiences of members of
the workplaces and allows organizations to start down the path of systemic wellness and re-humanized
workplaces where mental health stigma is no longer a barrier to recovery.
Breakout Session 7 — Summit 7
Emotional Intelligence: Aligning Intent and Impact — Lisa Goren, MS
Objectives: • Define Emotional Intelligence
• Understand the link between (awareness) and impact (behavior) in personal
and professional interactions
• Learn strategies for improving well-being through leveraging
• Help others cultivate higher degrees of Emotional Intelligence
A great deal of emphasis is placed on the value of cognitive intelligence and the relationship between
IQ and success. However, there is increasing evidence suggesting that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the
strongest indicator of professional success by as much as 90%. EI is not simply about recognizing or
controlling ones’ emotions, rather it is about learning to align thoughts with actions. Once individuals
can successfully manage the space between intent and impact they have the opportunity to increase
personal, relational and professional well-being.
Breakout Session 8 — Summit 6
Somatic Centering: Your Inner Resource for Resilience —
Julia Smith, M.D.
Objectives: • Experience the interplay of body posture, muscle tone and breath to influence
your perceptions, cognition, emotion and behavior
• Review the neuro-scientific underpinnings of this dynamic process within the
• Learn “Somatic Centering”, a resiliency practice that enables you to push the
‘reset’ button as you go through the demands of your day
• Explore the application of this practice in your interactions with patients, so you
can ‘take in’ their concerns without ‘taking them on’
Neuroscience research has confirmed what yogis, martial and other movement artists have known
for millennia – that body and mind are not separate; what we call ‘mind’ is a function of a dynamic
interplay between body, brain and relationships. The implications of this understanding for medical
professionals and their patients have barely begun to be explored. In this workshop we will introduce
how attending to the state of the body can influence our state of mind, refine the quality of our presence
and afford greater resiliency as we encounter the daily complexities and challenges of life and work.
2:55 - 3:10 pm Refreshment Break – Stevenson C/D
3:10 - 3:20 pm Commitment to Change – Dr. Ed Keenan
3:20 - 4:00 pm Musical Interlude – Susan DeWitt Smith, D.M.A.
4:00 pm Adjourn