AAFP Offers Free Physician Well-being CME Videos

November 10, 2017 05:28 pm Chris Crawford
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The AAFP recently added three free CME videos to the Physician Health First portal that launched Sept. 14 at the Academy's 2017 Family Medicine Experience (FMX). 

The portal was created as part of a focus on physician well-being -- one of the Academy's strategic goals -- in light of research that showed physician burnout is at an all-time high.

Originally recorded live at FMX, the CME sessions are Jay Winner, M.D.'s presentation on Becoming a More Relaxed, Healthy Physician, Mark Greenawald, M.D.'s presentation on Creating a Thriving Practice Culture and Vu Kiet Tran, M.D., M.B.A.,'s presentation on Leadership Skills for Non-leaders.   

Each of these self-study, on-demand sessions is free to AAFP members and worth 1.25 up to CME credits.

2018 Health and Well-being Conference

The first-ever Family Physician Health and Well-being Conference will be held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla., April 18-21, 2018.

Come together with other family physicians as experts from around the country help attendees focus on individual wellness, and discover solutions for improved professional satisfaction and improved patient care.

An early-bird registration discount is available through March 19.

CME Session Objectives, Commitment to Change

Each CME session offers specific learning objectives for family physicians who participate.

Those who complete Winner's session should be able to

  • use simple mindfulness skills to reduce stress, increase satisfaction and improve connection with patients;
  • use reframing to reduce frustration and increase empathy with even the most difficult patients; and
  • apply techniques to deal effectively with difficult emotions and regain a healthy perspective.

After finishing Greenawald's session, participants should be able to

  • identify key characteristics of the practice environment that influence satisfaction,
  • describe their present practice culture and apply a framework to envision the ideal practice culture, and
  • develop a plan to help lead their practices to a higher level of enjoyment in providing care.

Finally, after completing Tran's session, participants should be able to

  • identify key skills of everyday leadership for the non-leader clinician,
  • describe how these characteristics can improve patient care, and
  • describe benefits to the practice and organization.

Wes James, M.Ed., CME learning strategist for the AAFP, told AAFP News that more than 26 percent of the members who claimed CME credits from FMX participated in at least one of the three sessions that were offered as part of the physician well-being track.

About 36 percent of learners who attended the well-being sessions at FMX said they planned to implement something that they learned in their practice, James said. For comparison, about 24 percent of all learners at FMX planned to implement something they picked up at the conference.

Family physicians who attended the Becoming a More Relaxed, Healthy Physician session left comments about their commitment to change after completing the course, including being more mindful through patient interactions, using relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and taking moments to meditate.

Members who completed the Creating a Thriving Practice Culture session said afterward that they would focus on having fun with staff and acknowledging their good work, and would consider holding more team huddles.

And those who attended the Leadership Skills for Non-leaders session said when they got back to their offices, they would focus on being more self-aware, being a role model for staff and empowering their colleagues.

Additional Stress-relief Resources

Winner also is participating in a Facebook Live session(www.facebook.com) Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. PST along with Clif Knight, M.D., the AAFP's senior vice president for education, called Feel More Relaxed and Fulfilled. The session will cover simple stress reduction techniques.

In a short video interview posted on the Physician Health First portal, Winner, who is the stress management program director at the Sansun Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif., spoke with Knight about reducing stress and thriving through mindfulness. Their discussion focused on the importance of mindfulness in the patient-physician relationship, and offered quick, effective tools and techniques for practicing physicians to improve their own well-being and professional satisfaction.

Additionally, Kindle is offering Winner's book Relaxation on the Run: Simple Methods to Reduce Stress in Seconds Plus Practical Lifestyle Tips for a Happier and Healthier Life(www.amazon.com) online for free -- but only for a limited time. Download it at no charge from Nov. 15 at 12 a.m. PST to Nov. 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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