International Conference on Physician Health

International Conference on Physician Health®
Driving Meaningful Change: Make It Happen. Make It Matter

Opening keynote - Anthony Suchman

9:15 - 10:15

Topic: Driving meaningful, system-level change in complex systems

Description: Anthony Suchman on patient-clinician relationships, medical decision-making, physician satisfaction and the spiritual dimensions of medical care.

Concurrent session 1

10:30 - 11:30

Stream 1: Individual level (Residents)

  • Sharing vulnerability and building community: A resident-led “wellness week” initiative in Canadian core internal medicine residency program

  • A longitudinal cohort study of US residents

  • Characteristics predicting graduating US physicians’ personal/professional health and well-being

Stream 2: System level (Peer support)

  • Physician health and the regulator: Can we make it better?
  • Physician’s health and wellness at work: A device assistance in the workplace and the experiences of a public hospital in Argentina
  • Balancing institutional surveillance, accountability and well-being

Stream 3: Enabling culture change

  • A practice of one: Managing loneliness in the era of virtual care
  • Building physician resilience, engagement and relationship skills through an advanced peer-coaching program
  • My health: Using a doctor’s well-being research project to drive meaningful change

Workshop 1

Giving chiefs the keys: Organizational strategies to help clinical chiefs drive change and lead resilient, engaged, and professionally satisfied teams

Workshop 2

Three keys to physician wellness: A scalable model of proactive planning

Plenary panel − Wellness considerations from the edge

11:45 - 12:45


Topic: Wellness considerations from the edge

Description: Perspectives on wellness challenges and other considerations for physicians working with vulnerable populations. 


Moderator: Joy Albuquerque

Speakers: Arthur Frank, Marcella Nunez-Smith and Clare Pain

Concurrent session 2

1:45 - 2:45

Stream 1: Individual level (Mindfulness)

  • Measuring anxiety: Do we over pathologize?
  • Ultra-efficient resilience training: A feasible strategy to reduce burnout in physicians and nurses

  • Should physicians read? Assessing the effect of reading on physician burnout

Stream 2: System level (Learners)

  • Residents’ and program directors’ perceptions of wellness in the learning environment: A comparative study
  • Prevalence of bullying in internal medicine residencies: Results of a national survey of internal medicine residents
  • Making meaningful change: Building resilience through medical student reflection groups

Stream 3: Enabling culture change

  • Culture of wellness: HPMG
  • Huddle boards reinvented: Five minutes a day promoting wellness and developing culture
  • Resident physician: Mental health experiences, resources and challenges in post-graduate medical education

Workshop 3

Innovative medical education strategies to address student and physician wellness: Accelerating change

Workshop 4

Developing resilient teams by creating compassionate leaders

Facilitated poster session (Group A)

3:30 - 4:30

The latest research, thinking and practices on physician health and well-being.

Concurrent session 3

4:30 - 5:30

Stream 1: Individual level (Technology)

  • Supporting doctors and medical students in disclosing their mental ill-health: Intervention development of the “arbour” app
  • Project Breathe: A brief virtual reality immersion experience reduces acute stress in resident physicians while on call

  • Improving physician wellness using AI

Stream 2: System level (Wellness programs)

  • Creating a provider wellness program in your organization
  • Using evidence-based interventions to created meaningful wellness programs
  • CORE7: Development of a comprehensive wellness curriculum for general surgery residents at a safety-net academic medical center

Stream 3: Enabling culture change

  • Supporting primary care: The extra duty reduction project
  • Toward preventing physician suicide: Enlisting decedents’ families and colleagues in driving meaningful change
  • Making it happen: Lessons from a world tour of physician well-being initiatives

Workshop 5

Building a culture where physician self-care and support are seen as key strategies to achieving sustained individual and organizational excellence

Workshop 6

Monitored coaching interventions to remediate unprofessional physician behavior: Case discussions to elucidate how it works, client and coach selection and how to launch a new program

Plenary panel - Wellness as a competency in medical training

8:15 - 9:15

Topic: Wellness as a competency in medical training

Description: The integration of health and wellness into medical training as a core competency for physicians. Addressed introducing and integrating health and wellness at an early stage, as a method of leading system-level change.


Moderator: Erica Frank

Speakers: Debbie Cohen, Lotte Dyrbye, Leslie Flynn and Kimberly Lomis

Concurrent session 4

9:30 - 10:30

Stream 1: Individual level (Survey data)

  • Burnout, depression, and general health: The results of a cluster analysis of survey data for US residents
  • Mapping the landscape of burnout and quality of care: A quantification of reporting bias in the peer-reviewed burnout literature

  • The CMA National Physician Health survey: Behavioural and occupational predictors

Stream 2: System level (Peer support)

  • How the roll-out of a large, consistent second victim program unmasked an underlying need for broader peer support

  • Peer support: Responding to culture change and shaping peer support within a department of medicine
  • A well-being measurement informed peer-to-peer site visit program with the association of chiefs and leaders of general internal medicine

Stream 3: Enabling culture change

  • From idea to impact: Raising voices of wellness at University of Utah health

  • Transforming doctors’ health: Engaging with complexity theory and cultural change
  • The good, the bad and the ugly: A qualitative review of graduate medical trainees’ written descriptions of their residency experiences

Workshop 7

Elevating physician wellness to a quality metric using an office of professional worklife: How to get started

Workshop 8

Building a “personal resilience workshop”: Resilience activities to set the stage for physician well-being upon hiring and beyond

Concurrent session 5

11:00 - 12:30

Workshop 9

Using a “coach approach” to promote physician well-being

Workshop 10

Compassion cultivation training for physicians: Achieving wellness and promoting innovative and resilient health care teams

Workshop 11

When physicians die by suicide: Narratives and insights from those they leave behind

Workshop 12

Developing and implementing your well-being survey: Methods and instruments

Workshop 13

Patient mistreatment of health care professionals

Concurrent session 6

1:30 - 2:30

Stream 1: Individual level (Mental health)

  • Long-term mental health effects of mindfulness training: A four-year follow up of an RCT in medical and psychology students
  • The association between childhood trauma and burnout in physicians referred for evaluation
  • Higher risk of mental disorder among health professionals in Catalonia: 20 years of PAIMM

Stream 2: System level (Skills training)

  • Medical improv: Increasing empathy and decreasing stress among medical students through applied improvisational performance techniques

  • Handling work-home interface stress

  • Address the stress: SAFEMED SMART stress management and resilience training

Stream 3: Enabling culture change

  • How a physician well-being committee can drive culture and organizational change within a large academic health system
  • Canadian Federation of Medical Students’ National Wellness Program: A Canadian medical student wellness initiative
  • Creating psychologically safe work environments in the health care sector: Policies and innovations

Workshop 14

The “suicide” word: Promoting change to physician care-seeking culture

Workshop 15

“If you build it, they will come”

Facilitated poster session (Group B)

2:30 - 3:30

The latest research, thinking and practices on physician health and well-being.

Concurrent session 7

4:00 - 5:00

Stream 1: Individual level (Peer support)

  • A longitudinal team-based program to improve neurology trainee and faculty physician well-being
  • A medical school peer wellness program to combat burnout
  • Systematic literature review on the effect of workplace interventions on physician burnout

Stream 2: System level (Self-care)

  • HPMG’s self care model

  • “WE CARE”: Well-being education coaching awareness, resilience engagement and an integrative approach for residency education
  • Scenarios to define the relationship between alcohol use and burnout for medical students

Stream 3: Enabling culture change

  • SELF care: “F” is for “food”
  • Examining the effect of psychosocial work conditions on clinician well-being

  • Wellness champions: Addressing burnout through a disseminated ground up approach

Workshop 16

From meaning to mission: Finding your voice and speaking up for change

Workshop 17

Identifying evidence-based changes for physician wellness programs

Plenary panel - System-level change: International perspectives

9:00 - 10:00


Topic: System-level change: International perspectives

Description: International perspectives around improving physician health and wellness through system-level change.



Moderator: Andrew Clarke

Speakers: Margaret Kay, Gigi Osler, Michael Tutty and Karin Isaksson Rø

Concurrent session 8

10:30 - 11:30

Stream 1: Individual level (Self-care)

  • Associations between dietary patterns and sleep-related impairment in a cohort of community physicians
  • Depression and burnout among medical students: Six-year single institution study
  • Psychiatric morbidity, burnout and distress in Australian physician trainees

Stream 2: System level (Workload management)

  • It takes a village: One model to implement, support and sustain a culture of health and wellness in a large physician group
  • Challenging unnecessary administrative burdens to reinvigorate physician practice and reduce burnout
  • “Ghost” clinicians virtually support in-basket workloads to improve clinic day workflows

Stream 3: Enabling culture change

  • REACH OUT: Reducing stigma through a peer/mentor messaging. Can it help stress in medical trainees?

  • Bringing the joy back into primary care
  • Leadership development series: The impact of leadership development on well-being and engagement

Workshop 18

Crossing borders: Comparing success factors in repressive versus supportive approaches in PHPs

Workshop 19

Graphic content: How we’re using locally produced comics to change culture

Closing keynote - Steven Strongwater

11:45 - 12:45

Topic: Taking action: Leading system change

Description: Steven Strongwater on his experiences steering a large, non-profit accountable care organization through organizational and system changes to address physician burnout and promote wellness.

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