Professionalism Week 2015: October 5-9

Professionalism Week 2015 focused on the topic of wellness and its connection to professionalism. Speakers discussed ways to find balance and improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The Faculty Council Professionalism Enrichment Committee and MCW's Wellness at Work program will continue to build on the topics discussed during the week.

Recorded Presentations

Darrell Kirch, MDKeynote Address: Caring for Others and Caring for Ourselves - The Professionalism Balance

Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

This presentation intended to:

  • Create awareness for how employee wellness and work/life integration can positively influence our contributions to medicine; and
  • Provoke thinking about how individuals in any role can help to positively influence a wellness-focused culture.

View the recorded presentation

Heidi Christianson, PhDMaintaining Balance and Professionalism:  Managing Stress and Optimizing Functioning

Heidi F. Christianson, PhD, Clinical Director of Resident and Student Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Cancer Center, MCW

The objectives of this presentation were to:

  1. Present an overview of the role of stress in work and life
  2. Discuss behavioral strategies to cope with stress: Prioritization and boundaries
  3. Discuss cognitive strategies to cope with stress: Managing thoughts and expectations
  4. Discuss physical strategies to cope with stress: Managing physical symptoms of stress

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Melinda Stolley, PhDThe Benefits of Mindfulness: Avoiding Burnout and Improving Quality of Life

Melinda Stolley, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control, MCW

Following this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Identify signs and consequences of burnout
  • Feel competent to perform basic mindfulness exercises
  • Describe the benefits of mindfulness

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Cecilia Hillard, PhD,Don't Go It Alone: Good Mentoring/Mentee Practices

Cecilia Hillard, PhD, Director, Neuroscience Research Center and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, MCW

The objectives of this presentation were to:

  • Discuss the value of mentoring to both the mentor and mentee
  • Provide some tips regarding effective mentoring
  • Develop a better understanding of the importance of a good mentoring relationship and how to get there

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Thomas Skovholt, PhD, LPThe Resilient Practitioner

Thomas Skovholt, PhD, LP, Professor, University of Minnesota

Following participation in this presentation, the learner will:

  1. Become sensitized to the essential need for resiliency and self-care strategies  for physicians in clinical and academic roles and also other health-care providers.
  2. Be able to identify critical topics from their own results on the Skovholt Professional Resiliency and Self-Care Inventory.  
  3. Be able to describe a variety of strategies and tips for professional resiliency.

View the recorded presentation

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Professionalism Week 2015

Professionalism Week 2015