Compassionate Resilience: Helping Students Navigate Emotionally Challenging Moments in Healthcare

June 18, 2024


There is no cost to attend. Preceptors and clinical instructors are invited to attend.

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Spring 2024 Clinical Instructor Development Webinar Series


A clinical instructor is an experienced practitioner who provides supervision during clinical practice and facilitates the application of theory to practice for students and staff learners. They assist the learner by setting expectations, providing effective feedback about their performance, and providing appropriate opportunities to meet their learning objectives.

Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences support healthcare providers who actively participate in our student's education by offering excellent clinical training opportunities. Clinical instructors transmit skills and serve as mentors who convey the core values important to Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences: accountability, collaboration, honesty, inclusiveness, and wellness. 

Clinical instructors do what no textbook or classroom can accomplish. As a result, the students benefit from the community-based experience, while preceptors benefit from integrating new ideas and techniques into their practices currently taught in academic health sciences institutions. Join us for a series of educational opportunities that provide precepting pearls to aid in shaping the next generation of clinicians.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore common challenges and stressors faced by students in healthcare settings.
  2. Review how these experiences impact students' well-being and professional development.
  3. Describe strategies to coach and support students through emotionally challenging situations.
  4. Discuss methods to create a learning culture that encourages open dialogue, reduces stigma, and supports students' mental health and success in healthcare training.


Marti Doyle, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor, Social Science, Mercy College of Health Sciences

Dr. Doyle has been working in healthcare education for over 19 years and is committed to healthcare student support and success. She was a counselor for Mercy College of Health Sciences (MCHS) students and created and developed the Mercy College of Health Sciences Student Success Program. She strongly advocates for students and is an active member of the college's diversity and inclusion council. 

Dr. Doyle believes that education should be a transformative experience for students. She has researched using a transformative learning approach to challenge students' current attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs about death and dying. She currently teaches social science courses at MCHS using this transformative learning approach. Her course load includes the higher social science level course for Mercy's Health Science program, including Death, Dying, and Bereavement. This course allows students to explore and transform their awareness of death and dying.

Before entering the educational field, Dr. Doyle worked as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor. She continues to volunteer in hospice, providing support to patients and families facing a terminal diagnosis, including patients who are in the active dying process. 

Dr. Doyle holds a doctorate in Human Services from Capella University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa, a bachelor's in human services from Grand View University, and a graduate certificate in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University. Dr. Doyle believes that helping healthcare students develop a strong foundation for their personal and professional lives is an important part of her life's legacy.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.75 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/18/2024 - 12:15pm CDT
Event ends: 
06/18/2024 - 1:00pm CDT

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 0.75 continuing education contact hours.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Laura Delaney, MPAS, PA-C - Planning Committee Member
  • Marti Doyle, MSW, PhD - Speaker
  • Kim Fairley - Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
  • Holland Taylor, MSPAS, PA-C - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not a substitute for a healthcare provider's independent medical judgment regarding diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. The content of this educational offering does not reflect the views of Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.75 CPME


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There is no cost to attend. Preceptors and clinical instructors are invited to attend.

Register through Zoom.