Becoming a More Relaxed, Healthy Physician: Reducing Frustration and Increasing Fulfillment

Time and place: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Room 214CD

About the Presenter: Jay Winner, MD, FAAFP, founder and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, CA, started teaching stress-reduction classes to patients and others in 1992 and now lectures about stress and burnout. He's spoken at FMX in the past on teaching patients to reduce stress and how to improve office efficiency to reduce burnout. Last year in Orlando, Winner also spoke on a topic similar to his current lecture. Because of the importance of the material and popularity of that lecture, he was asked to publish articles on the subject in the two most recent issues of Family Practice Management. Winner's website—StressRemedy.com(stressremedy.com)—has many free resources, including 14 guided relaxation exercises. He's also the author of Relaxation on the Run.

Session overview: Winner will talk about mindfulness and reframing. Many think that mindfulness requires hours of meditation or yoga, but Winner will share ways to become for mindful quickly and with minimal effort. "When we are not mindful, we just want to get the day over with," he said. "When we are mindful, we are fully engaged in what we are doing. We often hear, ‘Live in the present,' but in practical terms, how can we increase the amount of time in which we are fully immersed in and enjoying what we are doing?" During the reframing portion of the presentation, Winner will cover how to reduce real-world frustrations such as computer work and running late. He also will discuss ways to ease frustrations related to dealing with patients who are rude, non-compliant, overly talkative, or inappropriately seeking narcotics.

Why this session matters to you: A 2015 study found that 54.4 percent of physicians reported at least one symptom of burnout, Winner said.

The take-home: Much of Winner's message is experiential and will focus on what can be done immediately to make each day at least a little better. "You can start by paying full attention to the sensation of a full diaphragmatic breath," he said. "You can also focus on the sensation of your feet on the ground as you walk or the sound of listening to a patient's heart or lungs. As our attention wanders, the key is to patiently refocus your attention again and again."

Of Note: This lecture is part of the three-session Physician Well-being Track. "Creating a Thriving Practice Culture: By Design" takes place at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday and 3:30 p.m. Thursday and "Leadership Skills for Non-leaders Can Improve Job Satisfaction and Patient Care" will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 4:45 p.m. Thursday. In addition, the "Physician Well-Being Workshop: Mindful Engagement with Our Work: Skills to Address Burnout, Resilience and Well-Being" takes place from 7:30–9:45 a.m. Thursday in Room 205.