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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, […]

2018-10-03T13:46:33-04:00October 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 […]

2018-10-03T13:38:58-04:00October 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 […]

2018-10-02T09:57:28-04:00October 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 […]

2018-09-18T11:18:29-04:00September 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 […]

2018-09-05T14:27:44-04:00September 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 […]

2018-09-04T11:52:03-04:00September 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 […]

2018-08-21T22:42:00-04:00August 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. […]

2018-08-07T08:39:50-04:00August 7th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Top Five Myths About Meditation Debunked

Women’s Health magazine debunks the Top Five Myths about meditation.

  1. The goal of meditation is to eliminate thoughts.  Meditation is not about blocking out thoughts, it’s about what you do with thoughts when you become aware of them.
  2. You should always feel calm during and after meditation.  Do not judge your experience during the meditation, but rather by the cumulative benefits in everyday life.
  3. You have to meditate for a long time to feel benefits.  Even meditating for 1 minute can make a huge difference to stress levels.
  4. Meditation is just for people who are stressed.  Meditation is an effective antidote when  you are feeling […]
2018-07-27T10:36:16-04:00July 27th, 2018|News in Brief|

Leonard Perlmutter: Yoga Science Can Relieve and Prevent Physician Burnout and Enhance Work-Life Balance

According to Leonard Perlmutter, founder of The American Meditation Institute (AMI), the curriculum presented at AMI’s tenth annual CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts can help physicians relieve and prevent burnout, and establish a more rewarding work-life balance.  Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive 32 credit CME training is accredited through the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association.

A living link to the world’s oldest, continuous health and wisdom tradition, meditation master Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev) will present the core Yoga Science curriculum including AMI Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing and […]

2018-07-24T18:50:06-04:00July 24th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|