FROM THE BRINK OF BURNOUT TO RESILIENCY: TRANSFORMING YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A PEDIATRIC MEDICAL EDUCATOR IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY
Deborah Rana,UCSD Medical School,La Jolla,CA; Nicole A. Johnson,University of Calgary,,; Corinne Lehmann,University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital,,; Wilbur J. Pan,Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,,

Rationale:

The role of medical educator has unique opportunities as well as challenges which can threaten personal satisfaction in the role. There are numerous factors in the academic medicine environment that can lead to burnout, including lack of time, perceived lack of appreciation, and limited resources. This workshop will highlight strategies for medical educators to identify risk factors and signs of burnout, to better cope with burnout both in the short and long term using reflective practice to identify personal core values, and skills building exercises to enhance personal resiliency. Lastly, we will brainstorm ways to build community and affect the institutional structure to align with the principles which inspired us to choose medicine as a career.



Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, clerkship directors/administrators/faculty members will: (1) understand risk factors for burnout and how to identify them in themselves and others (2) understand the importance of principles of engagement unique to the role of clinician-educator, (3) develop a toolbox to skillfully handle critical management scenarios in medical education, and (4) build strategies for developing resiliency and managing burnout in the long term.



Methods and Content:

Risk factors for burnout will be reviewed through an interactive large group discussion and storytelling (15 minutes). Principles of engagement will be explored in the large group, followed by a journaling exercise to reflect on the dynamic interplay of attention, connection and regulation in maintaining engagement as medical educators(30 minutes). Key components of managing difficult conversations in short term scenarios will be discussed, through small group practice exercises in communication and empowerment skills (30 minutes). Factors which contribute to the development of resiliency will be highlighted and organized into a framework for the audience. The participants will then apply this framework to develop their own strategies for resiliency at an individual, institutional and organizational level through small group work. (30 minutes). The workshop will conclude with large group sharing of the key messages in avoiding burnout, the identified reasons for our engagement in teaching and strategies for moving from coping with burnout to resiliency in medical education.

 Key references:

Epstein, R et al "Self-Monitoring in Clinical Practice: A Challenge for Medical Educators" J. Cont Education in the Health Professions, 28 (1):5-13, 2008

Maslach, Christina, "Burnout the Cost of Caring", 2003