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FIRM Symposium to address physician burnout, promote well-being

Apr. 17, 2014

The first FIRM Symposium, or Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital Rapp Family Conference Center.

The IUSM student-led event will address the difficult topic of professional burnout among physicians with presentations from high-profile experts on the topic. Liselotte Dyrbye, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, will deliver the keynote.

The symposium was inspired by a course taught by Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of radiology and images sciences and pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and professor of philosophy at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Sixteen IUSM medical students who were appalled at the burnout and pessimism statistics for physicians they learned in the class banded together to create the agenda for the symposium.

The goal of the symposium is to create a positive change in the lives of health care providers.

Additional speakers and their topics are:

  • Stephen Bogdewic, Ph.D., executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development and George W. Copeland Professor of Family Medicine, will present "Leadership and the Science of Inspiration."
  • Richard Frankel, Ph.D., professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, associate director of Health Services at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and an investigator with the Regenstrief Institute, will present "From the Inside Out: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Sustain Resiliency and Optimism in Medicine."
  • Mark Mutz, vice president and director of Mosiac Consulting, will present "Work and Calling From the Perspective of Exodus."
  • Debbie Smith, a life coach and spiritual director, will present "Thriving in a Survivor World: Authentic Decision-Making for Your Medical Career."

Event sponsors include the IUSM departments of radiology and imaging sciences, neurology and surgery; the Office of Educational Affairs, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and Eskenazi Health. The faculty sponsor is Dr. Gunderman.

More information and registration is available on the IU School of Medicine website.

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