Promoting resiliency for interprofessional faculty and senior medical students: Outcomes of a workshop using mind-body medicine and interactive reflective writing

Hedy S. Wald, Aviad Haramati, Yaacov G. Bachner, Jacob Urkin

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Background: Health care professions faculty/practitioners/students are at risk for stress and burnout, impacting well-being, and optimal patient care. Aims: We conducted a unique intervention: an interprofessional, experiential, skills-based workshop (IESW) combining two approaches: mind-body medicine skills and interactive reflective writing (RW) fostering self-awareness, self-discovery, reflection, and meaning-making, potentially preventing/attenuating burnout and promoting resiliency. Methods: Medical and nursing faculty and senior medical students (N = 16) participated in a 2-hour workshop and completed (1) Professional Quality of Life measure (ProQOL) and (2) a questionnaire evaluating understanding of professional burnout and resiliency and perceived being prepared to apply workshop techniques. Thematic analyses of anonymized RWs exploring meaningful clinical or teaching experiences were conducted. Results: Participants reported better understanding of professional burnout/resiliency and felt better prepared to use meditation and RW as coping tools. RW themes identified experiencing/grappling with a spectrum of emotions (positive and negative) as well as challenge and triumph within clinical and teaching experiences as professionally meaningful. Conclusions: Positive outcomes were obtained within a synergistic resiliency skills building exercise. Successful implementation of this IESW provides good rationale for studying impact of this intervention over a longer period of time, especially in populations with high rates of stress and burnout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-528
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 May 2016

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