The proprietary AMI Meditation® curriculum, proven in a recent peer-reviewed clinical study to reduce physician burnout and stress, will be offered to physicians and other healthcare providers at the 12th annual Heart and Science of Yoga conference October 17-21, 2023 at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester, Vermont. This comprehensive training in Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine is accredited for 34 CMEs through the American Medical Association and, as a hybrid conference, it will be offered simultaneously in-person and live-virtual.
A new article by Beth Netter MD and AMI Meditation Study co-author, published in the March 2023 issue of the Transformation journal, reports that all study participants, from 2017 through 2020, were graduates of AMI’s annual ‘Heart and Science of Yoga’ conference. And for the subgroup of physician participants who completed the study during the early stages of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, “Secondary Traumatic Stress scores were reduced 25.7%, Burnout scores were reduced 21.5%, and Compassion Satisfaction scores improved 13.2%.”
Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder, curriculum developer and faculty director, acknowledges that an increase in administrative tasks and other demands have had a direct correlation to both the decrease in meaningful time interacting with colleagues and the growing physician burnout epidemic. According to Perlmutter, “The ‘Heart and Science of Yoga’ conference curriculum represents the oldest and most effective holistic mind/body medicine to relieve and prevent burnout, heal disease, manage addictive habits, alleviate stress and inflammation, and balance life-work responsibilities.” He adds, “This conference also provides an engaging forum for attendees to share innovative strategies and tools so that physicians can support one another in combatting burnout and promoting resiliency.”
This year’s “Heart and Science of Yoga” CME conference is dedicated to providing quality 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, food as medicine, easy-gentle yoga, Yoga psychology, epigenetics and neuroplasticity, resilience, how to use the chakra system as a diagnostic tool, mind function optimization, ayurvedic medical principles, 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 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; Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD, Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee; Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, faculty member of The American Meditation Institute; Anita Burock-Stotts, MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; and Janine Pardo MD, board certified in Internal Medicine.
According to Larry Iannarone MD, General Surgeon and returning alumni of the “Heart and Science of Yoga” conference, “This is the most phenomenal curriculum! Leonard is an excellent teacher, and now a friend. This experience was so enlightening in comparison to the usual medical conferences which are packed with data, but often not useful. This teaching has actually changed my life, and I am forever grateful!!”