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TENDING THE FLAME: A Training Workshop in Innovative Self-Care for Strengthening Resiliency and Finding Joy and Meaning in Work

October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Who Should Attend
  • Residency directors or other medical educators in search of well-tested innovative self-care methods for furthering professional and personal resiliency for residents
  • Educators spearheading Physician and/or Nurse Well-Being Programs, or Well-Being Committees in hospitals, hospital systems, physician group practices, or other health care organizations
  • Residents or Fellows looking for innovative self-care tools for personal or professional resiliency

The fast growing epidemic of compassion fatigue during the professional life cycle of physicians and nurses has stimulated the search for etiology and the development of new approaches of prevention and recovery. Recent research suggests that the capacity to find a personal meaning in your work is highly correlated with professional and personal resiliency and the experience of deep satisfaction in service work. Most residents, fellows, physicians, and nurses live far more meaningful lives than they realize. Experiencing the meaning already present in our daily work does not require us to change what we do but to see familiar things in new ways. Often it requires us to transcend our training and bring the perspective of the heart into the center of our professional work. Meaning is a function of the heart and not the mind. The heart is an organ of vision, a perspective that enables us to experience meaning even in the most routine aspects of our work and reignite our calling.

This 2-½ day workshop will draw on the award winning discovery model methods of RISHI’s national and international educational programs to offer participants the opportunity to discover the power of meaning to transform their experience of their daily work, revitalize their commitment and reinvigorate their service intention. Educators will be trained to offer the program at their sites.

Using reflection, poetry, symbolism, narrative, art, journaling, generous listening and small group sharing Rachel Remen, MD,  Evangeline Andarsio, MD, and Mary Pat Thomas, MS, RN, AHN-BC, will enable workshop participants to revisit their original calling, discover the personal meaning hidden in their daily routine and learn self-help methods for to reclaim and sustain their passion for their profession. Come prepared to remember why you chose your work and recover the deep satisfaction of being a health professional.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD and Evangeline Andarsio, MD

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Founding Director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness; Professor of Family Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine; Founding Director of The Healer’s Art, a national curriculum for medical students; bestselling author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings.

Evangeline C. Andarsio, MD, Director of RISHI, Associate Clinical Professor of OB-GYN at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Director of the National Healer’s Art curriculum for medical students; The Healer’s Art curriculum at Wright State University.

Mary Pat Thomas, MS, RN, AHN-BC, Director, National Power of Nursing Program, The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI) at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine; Courtesy Faculty at Wright State University College of Nursing and Health.

Workshop details
Where:  Acqua Hotel

555 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)

When:  October 20-22, 2017

Hours: Fri/Sat from 9:30 to 5:30, Sun from 9:30 to 12:30


Academic Residency Faculty: $1,250.00
Physician or Nurse Well-Being Educators: $1,250.00
Residents and Fellows: $500.00

Participants will be able to:
  • Implement and evaluate a 20-hour longitudinal innovative transformational curriculum for Residents, Physician and Nurse Well-Being programs
  • Compare the transformational potential of the discovery model to the traditional cognitive/intellectual educational model in Residency and in traditional CME programs for physicians and CE programs for nurses
  • Learn how to create a safe interactional space for learning and transformation
  • Use reflection and contemplation as major educational tools
  • List the characteristics of a community of inquiry approach to residency education
  • Learn to implement, organize, and run a Finding Meaning in Medicine/Residency or Finding Meaning in Nursing group
  • Discuss the personal meaning of work with peer professionals
  • Facilitate a small group discovery model discussion
  • Discuss the importance of silence and generous listening in transformational learning for ongoing professional physician and nurse formation

CME Accreditation

Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WSU designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity..

Continuing Education for Nurses

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10064. 12.5 CE contact hours are available for licensed  California nurses.

California BRN continuing education credits are accepted by most state nursing boards; please verify with your state professional regulatory agency if your licensed is provided by a regulatory agency outside of California.

Disabilities Statement

As an organization accredited for continuing medical education (CME), Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine fully complies  with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act rules and regulations. If any participant is in need of accommodations, written requests should be submitted at least one month in advance.


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