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The Antidote to “Super-Doctor Syndrome”

By Lorenz Iannarone MD
“Super Doctor Syndrome” refers to a common condition afflicting a large percentage of physicians and other healthcare providers. Left untreated, it is known to lead to burnout. Dr. Iannorone’s biographical essay provides a classic example.

Do you know how “Storm Chasers” in Oklahoma get pumped just by getting into their high-tech machines and going out in search of tornadoes? Or how big game hunters get a rush of adrenaline in seeking “the big kill?” Sometimes I wonder if I just sought out stress for the same rush. People tell me that I’m at my best in a stressful situation. The more chaotic it is, the better and more efficiently I function––making quick decisions and “saving lives.”

I think we’re all stressed as soon as we shoot out of the womb. Bang! “Here I am, […]

From Beyond Time and Space Albert Einstein Offers Today’s Physicians an Understanding of How to Prevent and Relieve Burnout at Upcoming CME Conference

To help reverse the national trend of physician burnout, The American Meditation Institute’s (AMI) tenth annual CME conference will be held on October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this 32 CME curriculum on Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine will offer training in AMI MEDITATION and Yoga Science to prevent and relieve physician burnout—in part by incorporating the vision of Albert Einstein.

Einstein and Tagore Albert Einstein and Indian Poet/Philosopher Tagore
Meeting outside Berlin, German in 1931

Although Albert Einstein died on April 18, 1955, this world famous theoretical physicist provides an important clue to understanding how today’s physicians and other healthcare providers can prevent and relieve burnout symptoms.  According to The American Meditation Institute […]

Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa to Speak at American Meditation Institute’s 10th Annual CME Conference for Relieving Physician Burnout with Yoga Science as Mind/Body Medicine

AVERILL PARK, NY – April 17, 2018

Noted researcher on mind/body medicine and yoga therapy, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa PhD, will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 32-credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference for physicians and other health care professionals, October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this 10th annual comprehensive training, accredited through the American Medical Association and Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education, is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve physician stress and burnout.

Now in its tenth year of providing physicians continuing medical education credits, this unique curriculum of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine will present an in-depth study of practical meditation and yogic skills designed to help relieve physician burnout […]

Calculating Burnout

What is the cost of physician burnout? Now hospitals and practices can take a hard look at the financial impact by using an online physician burnout calculator created by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Data shows that it costs between $500,000 and $1 million to replace an existing physician. According to Christine Sinsky, MD, FACP, vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association (AMA) and practicing general internist, “This is a conservative figure. It doesn’t include many, many other sources of financial costs to burnout.”

In addition to quitting their jobs, physicians may respond to burnout by cutting back to part-time. Or they may respond by being less productive or seeing fewer patients. Worse, they may respond by providing less safe care, and patients may begin to leave the practice.

Sinsky suggests, “First measure, and then […]

Yoga Science Conference for Physician Burnout

The American Meditation Institute’s (AMI) ninth annual continuing medical education conference to relieve and prevent physician burnout was held October 24-28, 2017 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive training in Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine training was accredited through the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association.

A recent American Medical Association and Mayo Clinic study 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. Commenting on these findings, AMI founder and conference director Leonard Perlmutter states that, “The ‘Heart and Science of Yoga curriculum represents the oldest and most effective holistic […]

AMI Medical Conference Discusses How Meditation Combats Physician Burnout and Helps Alter Our Genetic Code for Health and Well Being

How meditation can alter our genetic code to provide good health and wellness is among the topics discussed at The American Meditation Institute’s annual CME conference. If there’s one mental practice that has stood the test of time and rigorous laboratory testing, it’s meditation. In an article published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology journal, a 2014 clinical study reports that mindfulness meditation training can lead to epigenetic alterations of the genome. These changes down-regulate genes previously implicated in inflammation and accelerate cortisol recovery time from social stress. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,” says study author Richard J. Davidson, PhD, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at […]

The American Meditation Institute Announces a New Research Study on AMI Meditation for the Relief of Stress and Burnout in Healthcare Providers

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) has received IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval through the Berkshire Medical Center to conduct a research study that will examine the impact of a basic daily mantra-based AMI MEDITATION practice on the symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue and stress in healthcare providers. The first participants in this study will be among those who received their training in Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine at AMI’s tenth annual Heart and Science of Yoga® CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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 […]

Harvard Psychiatrist Studies Meditation and the Chronically Stressed

Scientists are getting close to proving what Yoga Scientists have held to be true for thousands of years: meditation can ward off stress and disease. John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published in 2014 showing how mind- body techniques can switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function. While hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of meditation and yoga, they have tended to rely on blunt tools like participant questionnaires, as well as heart rate and blood pressure monitoring. Only in the past few years have neuro-imaging and genomics technology used in Denninger’s […]

11th Annual Physicians’ CME Conference

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October 22 – 26, 2019

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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Are You Experiencing Burnout?

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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