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Burnout in the News2018-01-14T08:39:05+00:00
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Robert Schneider MD to Speak on Epigenetics, Meditation and Lifestyle Choices at The American Meditation Institute’s 11th Annual CME Conference

Internationally recognized physician-scientist-educator Robert Schneider MD will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute at AMI’s 31credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference for physicians and other health care providers, October 22-26, 2019 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this 11th annual comprehensive training, accredited through the American Medical Association and American Nurses Association, is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve physician stress and burnout.

Presenter Robert Schneider MD is a leader in mind/body medicine and integrative medicine, and the author of “Total Heart Health.” Currently, Dr. Schneider serves as Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa.

In his lecture on “Epigenetics, Meditation and Lifestyle Choices” Dr. Schneider will present recent clinical studies that explain how the practice of the “Heart and Science of Yoga” curriculum presented at this CME conference can positively impact how our genes may express themselves.

According to Dr. Schneider, “The cutting edge of modern medicine is coming to the place where mind meets body; where mind meets DNA; where we have control over DNA; where we can control our genes from the inside out. This development of modern medicine very much parallels the science of meditation and its description and technologies for developing the mind/body connection.”

The entire “Heart and Science of Yoga” CME curriculum is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive and evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers on Yoga Science as mind/body medicine. In addition to Epigenetics, topics will include current research on Yoga Science and the mind/body connection, a comprehensive overview and instruction on AMI Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, mantra science, yoga psychology, resiliency, mind function optimization, food as medicine, Ayurveda, easy-gentle yoga, lymph system detoxification, the chakra system as a diagnostic tool, how to reimagine the modern medical culture, and practical ways to integrate Yoga Science into a medical provider’s personal and professional life.

The dedication, enthusiasm, and teaching methodology of the entire AMI faculty create a dynamic and interactive course for their students.  Each faculty member is committed to the advancement and training of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. In addition to Dr. Schneider, other presenters will include Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder and conference director; Anthony Santilli MD, board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Susan Lord MD, a private practice holistic physician focusing on prevention and treatment, and former course director for the The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s “Food As Medicine” program in Washington, DC; Jesse Ritvo MD, Assistant Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatry, University of Vermont Health Center; Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote, MD, Medical Director of the Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center; Joshua Zamer, MD, Medical Director for Addiction Medicine at Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center and Chairman of the Department of Family Practice; Anita Burock-Stotts, MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Kristin Kaelber MD, PhD, board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Janine Pardo MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD, Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee; Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, faculty member of The American Meditation Institute, and Lee Albert, NMT, acclaimed neuromuscular therapist and gentle yoga instructor.

According to AMI founder and conference director Leonard Perlmutter, “The interface of lifestyle, inflammation and allostatic load is where meaningful change can happen. The more consistently the therapeutic practices of mantra-based meditation and yoga are incorporated into the daily lives of physicians and patients, most symptoms of stress-related burnout and chronic complex diseases can be diminished or eliminated.”

Robert Schneider MD

“The cutting edge of modern medicine is coming to the place where mind meets body; where mind meets DNA; where we have control over DNA; where we can control our genes from the inside out. This development of modern medicine very much parallels the science of meditation and its description and technologies for developing the mind/body connection.”

ROBERT SCHNEIDER MD

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American Meditation Institute to Host 11th Annual Physician CME Conference on Yoga Science and Meditation as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine

For the eleventh consecutive year, The American Meditation Institute (AMI) will present its annual “Heart and Science of Yoga Mind/Body Medicine CME conference” for physicians and other health care professionals. This 31 CME credit retreat will be held October 22-26, 2019 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Now in its 11th year, The Heart and Science of Yoga® is a leading-edge conference that presents practical and effective tools to help physicians reduce and prevent burnout, bring back the joy in medicine, achieve personal and professional fulfillment, and provide more compassionate and insightful care to patients. Topics will include a comprehensive overview and instruction on AMI Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, mantra science, yoga psychology, resiliency, mind function optimization, Epigenomics, food as medicine, Ayurveda, easy-gentle yoga, lymph system detoxification and the chakra system as a diagnostic tool.

Through provocative and engaging presentations, informative panel discussions, ongoing Q&A and practicums, the 11th annual Heart and Science of Yoga® conference will offer an exciting format featuring an accomplished faculty. The conference will share innovative techniques, strategies and tools that will inspire physicians to reimagine their own 21st century medical practices, and support medical colleagues in combatting burnout and promoting wellness.

This year’s conference presenters will include Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder, meditational therapist, philosopher and award-winning author; Robert Schneider MD, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University; Sat Bir Singh Khalsa PhD, Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Anthony Santilli MD, board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Susan Lord MD, a private practice holistic physician, and former course director for the The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s “Food As Medicine” program in Washington, DC; Jesse Ritvo MD, Assistant Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatry, University of Vermont Health Center; Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote MD, Medical Director of the Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center; Joshua Zamer MD, Medical Director for Addiction Medicine at Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center and Chairman of the Department of Family Practice; Anita Burock-Stotts MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Janine Pardow MD, board-certified Internist emphasizing Preventive Care, and founder of the Weston Internal Medicine and Wellness Center in Weston, MA; Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD, Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee; Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, faculty member of The American Meditation Institute, and Lee Albert, NMT, acclaimed neuromuscular therapist and gentle yoga instructor.

Noted physicians Mehmet Oz MD, Dean Ornish MD, Bernie Siegel MD and Larry Dossey MD have endorsed Leonard Perlmutter’s “Heart and Science of Yoga” treatise, which serves as the core curriculum for this year’s CME conference.

AMI founder and faculty director Leonard Perlmutter noted, “Conference sponsor Neil Mitnick MD and The Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education deserve great recognition for unwavering support for continuing education that prioritizes the health and well being of physicians and their patients throughout our nation.”

Leonard Perlmutter

“This 31 CME conference will share innovative techniques, strategies and tools that inspire physicians to reimagine their own 21st century medical practices, and support medical colleagues in combatting burnout and promoting wellness.”

LEONARD PERLMUTTER (Ram Lev)

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Stemming the Physician Burnout Tide by Helping Medical Students

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an estimated 300 to 400 physicians commit suicide each year– about one physician per day.  Training for medical students presently involves multiple risk factors for mental illness, including decreased sleep, relocation resulting in fewer available support systems, and feelings of isolation.  An article for JAMA Psychiatrycalls for a national response to this issue and offers guidelines on appropriate education, screening, and treatment.  The first steps would be to educate the academic community concerning these issues, and to foster help-seeking behaviors and access to care for all trainees.  Next, a national commitment is recommended to support residents and fellows during their training.  This can help ensure the well-being of future generations of physicians and their patients, the article concludes.

Meditation Helps Provide Relief From Anxiety, Pain, Depression

Meditation is helpful for relieving anxiety, pain, and depression, according to a systematic research review published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The review reported a small to moderate effect of mindfulness and mantra meditation techniques in reducing emotional symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and stress, and improving physical symptoms, such as pain. For depression, meditation was about as effective as an antidepressant.

Burnout Rates Rise

A 2017 AMA Medscape Lifestyle Report asked physicians from 27 medical specialties to grade the severity of their burnout on a scale of 1 to 7—one being that it does not interfere, and seven indicating thoughts of leaving medicine.  All but one specialty chose a level four or higher.  Emergency medicine was most affected—with nearly 60 percent saying they feel burned out (up from half in 2013).  More than 14,000 physicians surveyed named the following four concerns as the top causes of burnout: too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours at work, feeling like just a cog in a wheel, increased computerization of practice.

A Sense of Calling

A study carried out by the Mayo Clinic, of internal and external factors that keep physicians motivated and prevent burnout shows that having a personal sense of calling or a deep commitment to medicine is a key factor in physicians’ well-being.  The study also found that extrinsic incentives, such as increased salary, are less meaningful.  According to lead researcher, Audiey C. Kao, MD PhD, “If the practice of medicine is not seen as work that is personally rewarding and serving a greater good, physician performance may suffer and, more importantly, so too  may the quality of care that patients receive.”

Taking Care of the Physician

According to a November 2017 New York Times article, a growing body of research shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and to the kind of depersonalized care that is often both less effective and less palatable.

Easing Physician Burnout

Meditation can reverse physician burnout, according to a study published in the September/October 2013 Annals of Family Medicine. Dr. Mary Catherine Beach of Johns Hopkins states, “This study supports meditation as a way to improve the health of both doctors and their patients. Meditation helps doctors listen better, talk less, and see clearer what patients need.”

Docs vs. the Public

The American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study to determine how physician burnout differs from burnout in the general working population. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that compared with the general U.S. population, physicians worked a median of 10 hours more per week, displayed higher rates of emotional exhaustion and reported lower satisfaction with work/life balance. Though the general population does experience burnout, the changing state of the healthcare system is clearly driving the dramatic increases in physician burnout.

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October 23 – 27, 2018

A Unique Curriculum of Practical Meditation Tools to Help: Relieve Physician Burnout and Stress • Support the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Addiction • Promote Optimal Health and Resilience

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A 2017 AMA Medscape Lifestyle Report asked physicians from 27 medical specialties to grade the severity of their burnout on a scale of 1 to 7—one being that it does not interfere, and seven indicating thoughts of leaving medicine. All but one specialty chose a level four or higher. Are you experiencing Physician Burnout symptoms?

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