The ONLY clinically proven curriculum of Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine practices to reduce physician burnout and stress will be taught at the 12th annual Heart and Science of Yoga Physicians Conference October 17-21, 2023 at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester, Vermont. Hosted by The American Meditation Institute, this comprehensive training is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve stress and burnout currently being experienced by physicians and otherhealthcare providers.

A peer-reviewed clinical study of this conference curriculum was recently published in the November 2022 issue of “Lifestyle Medicine.” The Study found that participants, all graduates of previous AMI physician conferences, reduced their Burnout levels 23.3%, reduced their Secondary Traumatic Stress levels 19.9%, and increased their Compassion Satisfaction levels 11.2%.

According to the Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2023, the rate of physician burnout increased to 53% this past year, up from 47% in 2021, and more than 1 in 5 physicians reported experiencing depression. Nearly 80% of the physicians reporting burnout described their burnout level as moderate to severe.

A May, 2019 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine claimed that physician burnout is currently costing the U. S. economy $4.6 billion annually. “Everybody who goes into medicine today knows it’s a stressful career and that it’s a lot of hard work,” says Lotte Dyrbye, a physician and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who co-authored the study.

Acknowledging the current crisis in medicine, conference director Leonard Perlmutter states that, “Physicians and other healthcare providers can learn these practical strategies to transform their burnout and stress into creativity and strength.” Then he adds, “The ‘Heart and Science of Yoga’ curriculum represents the world’s oldest and most effective mind/body medicine to relieve and prevent burnout, heal disease, manage addictive habits, alleviate stress and inflammation, and balance life-work responsibilities.”

This year’s American Meditation Institute “Heart and Science of Yoga” CME conference will provide comprehensive evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers. The curriculum will provide easy-to-use, practical tools to prevent and reverse the debilitating causes and effects of physician burnout. Lecture topics will include AMI Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, easy-gentle yoga, Yoga psychology, epigenetics and neuroplasticity, resilience, how to use the chakra system as a diagnostic tool, mind function optimization, Ayurveda, nutrition, and lymph system detoxification.

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 AMI founder and curriculum developer Leonard Perlmutter other presenters include: Mark Pettus MD, board certified internist and nephrologist and Director of Medical Education and Population Health of Berkshire Health Systems; Kristin Kaelber MD, PhD, board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote, MD, Medical Director of the Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center; Anthony Santilli MD, board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Jesse Ritvo MD, Assistant Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatry, University of Vermont Health Center; Joshua Zamer, MD, Medical Director for Addiction Medicine at Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center and Chairman of the Department of Family Practice; Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, co-founder and faculty member of The American Meditation Institute; Anita Burock-Stotts, MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Janine Pardo MD, board certified in Internal Medicine, and Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD, Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee.

According to Joel M. Kremer, MD, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in Albany, New York and a recent AMI conference participant, fully agrees: “This teaching has been an enormous benefit in my personal and professional life. I have less stress and burnout, more focus, and am able to serve my patients with greater clarity. It becomes surprisingly easy now to recognize how many other physicians and healthcare providers could greatly benefit from the teachings of the AMI conference.”