EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR CLINICIAN WELL-BEING
TENDING THE FLAME: A COURSE IN RESILIENCY AND WORK SATISFACTION FOR CLINCIANS AND GRADUATE PROGRAM LEARNERS
Recent research documents that Compassion Fatigue among front line health professionals is now at epidemic levels and that greater resiliency is a function of the ability to find personal meaning in daily work. Burnout affects nearly half of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians in the United States. In addition, symptoms of depression are increasingly common among physicians, who report high rates of dissatisfaction with quality of life and work-life balance. (Shanafelt, MD et al, Intern Med 2014:174(4):527-533). Studies of nurses report a similarly high prevalence of burnout and depression (Dyrbye, MD et al, NAM Perspectives – July 2017).
These rapidly growing problems have serious consequences for the quality and safety of patient care, the longevity of the professional community and the maintenance of professional competency and dedication and can ultimately effect the viability of the health care system itself. Health Care executives and educators alike have been seeking new ways to reverse this trend. Refreshing and strengthening a sense of calling and service intention in professional community, and enabling physicians and nurses or healthcare clinicians to find a personal meaning in their daily work holds great promise for experiencing deeper satisfaction in the workplace and strengthening the work force against compassion fatigue.
RISHI‘s Tending The Flame resiliency curriculum for practicing clinicians and graduate program learners enables clinicians at all levels of training to develop an authentic and supportive professional community in the workplace, take personal ownership of the meaning and values which are inherent in the lineage and practice of medicine, refresh their calling and service intention and learn effective self-care tools to enhance resiliency in their professional and personal lives.
The Tending the Flame Resiliency Curriculum is based on three modules:
- Module One: Meaning, Medicine & Resiliency – 1.5 – 2 hour session
- Module Two: A Professional Community Building Discovery Model – Finding Meaning in Medicine Discussion Groups – 8 Monthly Sessions (each session – 1.5 – 2 hours)
- Module Three: Service as a Way of Life – 1.5 – 2 hour session
TRANSFORMATIVE VS INFORMATIVE EDUCATION
Meaning is not a cognitive function. The majority of medical and nursing education is cognitively oriented, aimed at increasing and updating the information and expertise which is the backbone of medical and nursing interventions. The RISHI resiliency curriculum is based on a discovery model, an alternative educational strategy which is non-cognitive, and transforms rather than informs the individual. The model has been extensively tested nationally with thousands of physicians at every level of training and is highly successful in enabling the individual to remember and further develop their original sense of meaning and calling, experience a renewed perspective in daily work and form professional community based on shared values and service intention.
TENDING THE FLAME CURRICULUM TRAINING FOR CLINCIANS AND GRADUATE PROGRAM LEARNERS:
Clinicians and graduate program faculty and learners who are interested in bringing the Tending the Flame resiliency curriculum to their institutions must undergo training through RISHI’s Workshop -Tending the Flame: A course in resiliency and work satisfaction for clinicians and graduate program learners.