Provider Burnout and Professional Resiliency Conference

West Des Moines, IA US
February 8, 2018



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The Iowa Medical Society, in collaboration with a number of Iowa healthcare organizations, will be hosting a Provider Burnout and Professional Resiliency Conference on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the Marriott West Des Moines. This multidisciplinary, day-long conference will offer general and breakout sessions covering topics such as recognition and prevention of burnout, facing the stigma of being a provider with mental health issues, and panel discussions with professionals who have experienced burnout.

Successfully combating burnout necessitates offering resources and opportunities to all members of a care team throughout the different stages of their professional careers. With this in focus, the Provider Burnout and Professional Resiliency Conference will offer an opportunity for all members of the healthcare team to come together on this important topic.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the root causes of physician burnout, beyond simply overwork, and including organizational cultural factors.
  2. Explain the principles of a Lean management system and culture that address those root causes of burnout.
  3. Explain how to implement a Lean management system in your practice and/or healthcare system.
  4. Explore what you can do to prevent burnout.
  5. Recognize warning signs of provider burnout.
  6. Illustrate changes to implement to assist with burnout.
  7. Explore simple, evidence-based solutions to enhance your joy for practicing medicine and to mitigate stress.
  8. List resources to help you further develop resiliency.
  9. Discuss tools to improve your personal resiliency to have a positive impact on your team, your family, and all the patients with whom you interact.
  10. Define Mindfulness.
  11. Review the evidence regarding the practice of mindfulness and it’s application in the setting of healthcare provider burnout.
  12. Provide participants with tools and resources to further topic exploration after the conference.
  13. Understand what shapes each Generation’s outlook on life and the role of work within it.
  14. Discover the key commonalities and differences across generations and how these differences often contribute to conflicts in the workplace.
  15. Learn how organizations can deliver more of what Millennial employees want from their employers, and what factors contribute to their overall productivity, satisfaction and even loyalty. 
  16. Examine how the brain manages stress, and its emotional, cognitive, and physiological consequences for healthcare providers. 
  17. Describe the role chronic stress plays on burnout and compassion fatigue particularly in high risk, front-line medical specialties.
  18. Discuss the roles of mindfulness and purpose in creating stress resilience for healthcare providers.
  19. Understand the drivers and manifestations of burnout.
  20. Develop an overview of the three areas of focus to counteract burnout.
  21. Identify key changes you can implement in your organization that can reduce burnout and return joy to patient care.


8 amRegistration
9 amWelcome and General Session: The Impact of Burnout
Tammy Rogers
10:30 amBreak
11 am

Breakout Sessions

Reducing Physician Burnout through Lean Transformation
Paul DeChant, MD, MBA

Is your organizational culture contributing to burnout? Do you know what you can do as a leader to help address issues of burnout? As a nationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. DeChant will share with participants how leaders and healthcare providers can undertake and address personal resilience, organizational culture, and practice efficiency to reduce the risk of burnout and enhance professional fulfillment.

Identification, A Deeper Dive
Tammy Rogers

Research suggests: Burnout levels among healthcare professionals are at a critical levels. The causes of professional fatigue are the same (bureaucratic tasks, working too many hours and the computerizing of the practice), but the impact is higher. Burnout is linked to patient bias. Female physicians are more stressed out then their male counterparts.  In fact the latest Mayo Clinic study shows that more than 50 percent of all US physicians are suffering from at least one symptom of burnout.  Participants will discover burnout interventions to keep them from ending up on the wrong side of the statistics.

Improving Resilience: Do You Need Anything Else?
Vidya Kollu, MD

When you are focused on managing the stress of relentless change it is easy to lose sight of the joy, meaning and purpose of your profession. Taking small steps devoted to improving your own resiliency will help you have a longer, more satisfying career and reduce your risk of burnout. Improving your personal resiliency may also have a positive impact on your team, your family, and all the patients with whom you interact.

12 pmNetworking Lunch
1 pm

Breakout Sessions

Mindfulness: Using Your Hidden Superpower
Cheryl True, MD

Join this session to learn why mindfulness is a tool that can be practiced to help prevent or manage symptoms of burnout. Explore the positive “side effects” of mindfulness, as well as the scientific evidence surrounding mindfulness, while learning how to practice mindfulness in your daily life.

Making Sense of Generational Commonalities and Differences
Michael Wood

There’s no doubt that America is changing—a combination of shifting demographics, consumer needs and expectations. At the core of creating and maintaining a healthy work environment is a critical understanding of each generation’s inherent values and attitudes. Sharing insights from the pioneering new study--Generation Nation—this session will provide much-needed generational insight, clarity, and a revealing look at what is really on the minds of Gen Z, Millennials, Generation X and Boomers. Learn what organizations must do to create an environment that fosters collaboration and helps minimize stress and frustration. Attendees will walk away with a deeper, richer sense of each generation and the issues that are most important to them.  These findings are guaranteed to inform, immerse, and inspire!

Stress and Resilience on the Front Lines
Ryan Bayley, MD, CPC

In this session, Dr. Bayley will discuss the science behind our experience of stress in caring for the critically ill and injured. Drawing upon recent insights in neuroscience and cognitive behavioral therapy, he will explore how we are hard wired to experience stress, how this drives us towards burnout, and understanding this may improve our experience of our work.

2 pmBreak
2:15 pm

General Session and Closing: Preventing Physician Burnout - Returning Joy to Patient Care 
Paul DeChant, MD, MBA

Physician Burnout is widely recognized as a significant challenge impacting health care provider organizations. This session will review the causes and manifestations of burnout and present key activities your organization can implement to reduce the drivers of burnout and return joy to patient care.

3:30 pmAdjourn

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the planning committee members and speakers have no conflict of interest with commercial interests to disclose.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 4.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 4.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 4.75 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/08/2018 - 9:00am CST
Event ends: 
02/08/2018 - 3:30pm CST
Marriott West Des Moines
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
United States
+1 (515) 267-1500

Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 4.75 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Medical Society. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 4.75 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

Available Credit

  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 4.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 4.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 4.75 IBON


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