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American Meditation Institute Research Study on AMI Meditation for Physician Burnout Enters Second Year

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) announced today that it has entered the second year of a research study that examines the impact of a basic daily mantra-based AMI MEDITATION practice on the symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue and stress in healthcare providers. The second group of participants in this study will be among those who receive their training at AMI’s tenth annual “Heart and Science of Yoga” Mind/Body Medicine CME conference  October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. The study received IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval through the Berkshire Medical Center in 2017. 

The principal investigator of the study […]

2018-10-16T12:35:18+00:00October 16th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Meditation is Good for Business

Most of us have heard how meditation can enhance our personal life, but did you know that meditation is also good for business?  According to Forbes magazine, meditation can make you “exponentially more effective throughout your career.”  Here’s how:

  1. Increase focus and productivity:  You become less distracted when focusing on specific assignments, and achieve a higher rate of successful task completion.
  2. Elevate energy & memory capacity:  You find it easier to rest your busy mind and fall asleep, which contributes to higher energy levels during the day and an increased mental capacity.
  3. Better, easier decision-making:  You are able to quiet the mind and access […]
2018-10-03T15:42:43+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News in Brief|

Gender and Burnout

In a recent Medscape survey, 48% of female physicians reported burnout vs. 38% of their male peers.  The AMA also reports additional differences:

Coping: More than 50% of female physicians with burnout discuss it with family and friends, while only 39% of men do.  Men were more likely to cope with burnout by exercising (52%) compared with 47% of women.  Female physicians experiencing burnout were also more likely to:

Sleep: 46% vs. 38%

Eat junk food:  39% vs. 27%

Binge eat:  23% vs. 18%

Seek help:  31% vs. 24%

Both men and women rated their job as the greatest cause of depression.  Women ranked family and romantic relationships in second place, […]

2018-10-03T13:46:33+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News in Brief|

Do You Have a Toxic Boss?

Are you among the 75% of Americans who claim their “boss is the most stressful part of their workday”?  According to the Harvard Business Review, studies in American workplaces show that people with toxic employers are more likely to experience chronic stress, depression, and anxiety, all of which increase the risk of a lowered immune system, colds, strokes, and even heart attacks.  Of course finding a better job situation may be the optimal option, but not practical for many people.  If you can’t change your  job right now, meditation and gentle yoga can help you respond more creatively.  Remember, you […]

2018-10-03T13:38:58+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News in Brief|

American Meditation Institute CME Conference for Relieving Burnout Offers Physicians a Practical Application of Herbert Benson MD’s “Three-Legged Stool” Theory

According to The American Meditation Institute (AMI) founder Leonard Perlmutter, AMI MEDITATION practical self-care techniques that can relieve and prevent physician burnout will be taught at the 10th annual mind/body medicine CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this 32 CME comprehensive training, accredited through the American Medical Association and Albany Medical College, is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve physician stress and burnout.

Herbert Benson, professor of mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School and director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute at Mass General Hospital, claims that maintaining […]

2018-10-02T09:57:28+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD: Yoga Science Diminishes the Cultural Influences that Lead to Physician Burnout

Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 32-credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation, gentle yoga and diaphragmatic breathing for physicians and other health care professionals.  Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive training being held October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts, is accredited by the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association, and is designed to help relieve physician stress and burnout.

Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD is a noted speaker, author, consultant , psychologist, and Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee. After […]

2018-09-18T11:18:29+00:00September 18th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Interview with CME Conference Speaker Mark Pettus, MD

I interact with a lot of physicians who I think confront unprecedented levels of stress in their lives for many reasons.  It’s easy for me to understand how challenging it is to be a physician navigating this landscape; trying to do the best you can with things beyond our control—health care reform, various regulatory issues are always coming down on providers. Any physician who is confronting challenge around joy and the capacity to thrive definitely needs to be aware of the AMI’s work.  In my experience, the AMI program is unique.  I’ve never seen anyone translate the philosophy and science […]

2018-09-05T14:27:44+00:00September 5th, 2018|Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Neuromuscular Therapist Lee Albert to Present at The American Meditation Institute’s 10th Annual CME Conference on Yoga for Pain Relief and Physician Burnout Prevention

Acclaimed neuromuscular therapist and gentle yoga instructor Lee Albert, NMT will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 32-credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation, gentle yoga and diaphragmatic breathing for physicians and other health care professionals. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga” this conference, to be held October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts, is accredited by the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association, and is designed to help relieve physician stress and burnout.

Presenter Lee Albert NMT created, practices and teaches Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT)–a series of […]

2018-09-04T11:52:03+00:00September 4th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Physician Burnout CME Conference: Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) will host its 10th annual comprehensive training in Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.  This 32 credit CME training, which is accredited by the American Medical Association, will provide a proven curriculum that transforms the energy of stress, and furnish each attendee a set of tools and resources necessary for relieving and preventing burnout.

In addition to their enormous professional responsibilities, increasing numbers of physicians today are debilitatingly burdened with overwork, extreme stress, anxiety, and even “compassion fatigue.”  According to the “2018 Medscape […]

2018-08-21T22:42:00+00:00August 21st, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Collegiality and a Sense of Community Provided at Yoga Science CME Conference to Help Physicians Relieve and Prevent Burnout

The American Meditation Institute has announced that AMI MEDITATION techniques for relieving and preventing common physician burnout symptoms will be taught in a supportive peer environment at the 10th annual mind/body medicine CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive, 32 credit CME training is accredited by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association.

The 2018 Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report states that 42% of physicians are less engaged with their medical staff and peers, and more easily irritated throughout the day. […]

2018-08-07T08:39:50+00:00August 7th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|