The principal investigator of the study is Mark Pettus MD, Director of Medical Education and Population Health, Berkshire Health Systems, and the co-principal investigator is Beth Netter MD, Chair of The American Meditation Institute’s Department of Medical Education. According to Dr. Netter, “The study will evaluate how a daily AMI Meditation practice can help to provide healthcare professionals a happier, healthier life along with relief from burnout symptoms and an enhanced work/life balance.”

Although there are a number of systems and organizational factors contributing to burnout in the healthcare arena (including increases in computerization of practice, bureaucratic tasks, hours at work), AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter claims that, “It is how we respond to those stressors that effects our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. While organizational changes are being recognized and implemented, healthcare providers desperately need self-care support so that they may work and live with greater health and well-being.”

At this year’s American Meditation Institute “Heart and Science of Yoga” conference, attendees will receive 30 category 1 CME credits through lectures and practicums on: AMI meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, easy-gentle yoga, Yoga psychology, meditation and neuroplasticity, PTSD, trauma, resilience, chakra system therapy, mind function optimization, epigenomics, Ayurveda, nutrition, and lymph system detoxification. According to last year’s conference attendee Janine Pardo MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine from Weston, Massachusetts, “This was my second time attending. This conference has been the most influential factor in transforming my life and medical practice. It should be a medical school requirement.”

Noted physicians Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz), Dean Ornish, Bernie Siegel and Larry Dossey have endorsed Mr. Perlmutter’s “The Heart and Science of Yoga” treatise, which serves as the primary curriculum for the AMI research study and CME accredited conference.