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Building Resilience

For staff, students, faculty, and community
Master Teacher Guild Symposium
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8:00 - 11:45 AM
CLC 2.050 on the RFUMS campus
No registration fee


8:00-8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45 am
Introduction, Stuart Goldman MD
8:45-9:30 am
Resilience in the Workplace
Dr. Kevin McCabe
S.C. Johnson and Son, Corporate Medical Services
9:30-9:45 am
Q & A
9:45-10:00 am
10:00-10:45 am
Resilience in Health Care Education
Steven Southwick, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
10:45-11:00 am
11:00-11:45 am
Interactive Session for Faculty, Staff, Students, Healthcare Professionals & Members of the Community
Wendy Dahl, M.Ed.
Blue Sun Yoga

Accreditation and Designation Statement: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Practice gap
Individuals learning and/or working in a healthcare environment often accept tasks and responsibilities that are in addition to their usual student roles and/or job descriptions. The addition of these tasks and responsibilities may create stress for these individuals. Training on how to overcome obstacles and stress is not provided routinely for students and employees at healthcare institutions. Building resilience promotes a wellness culture. This symposium plans to review factors that contribute to stress, identify happiness and how to achieve it, and discuss ways in which students and employees can build resilience into their lives. Participants will practice some techniques for reducing stress that can be applied on a daily basis.


Overall symposium objectives
Participants will:

  1. Develop methods to lessen stress in one’s daily lives
  2. Promote ways to enhance self-care
  3. Practice techniques to reduce stress and achieve resilience

Descriptions for Interactive Sessions
Resilience in the workplace
Participants will:

  1. Learn how stress affects work performance and one's body
  2. Define emotional resilience and how to build it
  3. Describe the 10 traits of emotional resilience and how to incorporate them into one's daily activities
  4. Identify what is happiness and how to train one's brain for happiness

Resilience in healthcare education
Participants will:

  1. Identify and enhance personal factors that favorably impact one's ability to manage stressful situations
  2. Appreciate how fear can motivate one to build resilience
  3. Review methods to bolster self-care when in healthcare education settings
  4. Learn how to utilize social networks to manage stress

Self-awareness for staff, students, faculty, and community organizations
A participant will:

  1. Assess one's baseline resilience
  2. Review methods to reduce one's reaction to stress
  3. Practice mindfulness techniques to reduce stress
  4. Appreciate how sharing narratives with colleagues provides ways to cope with difficult situation