ostering resilience among DO students and across the medical education continuum is essential to adequately training our future physicians to continue to meet the ever-changing health care needs of our nation. Resilience in osteopathic medical education (OME) is also necessary in order to adapt to evolving challenges and requirements that transpire as we transition to a single accreditation system.

Relevant to this mission, the AACOM 2016 Annual Conference spotlights resilience in this year’s exciting program of workshops and presentations. Under the theme Osteopathic Medical Education: A Focus on Resilience, the Annual Conference is expected to bring together respected members of the medical education community and beyond to collaborate and discuss timely issues facing our nation’s health care and medical education system. Register today!

This year’s conference program features plenary presentations from notable leaders in medical education who will offer their unique perspectives and approaches to building resilience in medical training and practice.

Aviad Haramati, PhD 

02-2016_Aviad-Haramati_speaker-webAviad Haramati, PhD, is a tenured Professor of Physiology and Medicine and Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).

For the past decade, he has led the NIH-funded educational initiative aimed at incorporating complementary, alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative medicine into the medical curriculum at Georgetown University as part of his focus on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained.

Dr. Haramati has a deep interest to improve medical education across the globe, especially with regard to the intersection of science, mind-body medicine, and professionalism. Dr. Haramati has published over 200 scientific papers, book chapters, and abstracts, and is a recognized leader in integrative medicine.

Managing Stress, Building Resilience: A Mandate for Every Medical School

Dr. Haramati’s plenary session addresses the trend of chronic stress and burnout prevalent in the medical profession, affecting close to half of all primary care practitioners. Dr. Haramati will review published outcomes on curricular interventions to help students and faculty manage stress, foster empathy, and build resilience. He will also share his perspective on why it is essential to incorporate mind-body techniques into the training curriculum for all health professionals—something that will require both skill and courage.

Mara Liasson

MaraLiasson_speaker spotlightMara Liasson (at left) is the National Political Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC, and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association's Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and 1997.

The 2016 Elections

Liasson will assess the state of the race and discuss larger political trends that are at work this year including voter mood, the economy, foreign policy, polarization, and demographic shifts.

Pamela Wible, MD

02-2016_Wible_speaker-webPamela Wible, MD, (at left) is the founder of the Ideal Medical Care Movement. Open since 2005, her innovative clinic model has sparked a populist movement that has inspired Americans to create ideal clinics and hospitals nationwide. Dr. Wible’s ideal clinic model is now taught in medical schools and undergraduate medical humanities courses.

When not treating patients in her community clinic, Dr. Wible devotes her time to medical student and physician suicide prevention. Her articles on physician suicide have been picked up by major news outlets such as The Washington Post, she is a frequent guest on NPR, and she has been interviewed about her groundbreaking work on ideal medical care and physician suicide by CNN, ABC, CBS. An inspiring leader and educator of the next generation of physicians, Dr. Wible has been awarded the 2015 Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Humanizing Medical Education: How to Grow a Happy Doctor

In Dr. Wible's engaging and interactive presentation, she will expose the pervasive and largely hidden medical culture of bullying, hazing, and abuse that claims the lives of countless medical students, doctors, and patients. She will then share simple steps that medical schools can take immediately to create a safe and inspiring atmosphere in which students can thrive, not just survive.

Visit the AACOM 2016 Annual Conference web page for more information, and follow us on Twitter @AACOMmunities for the latest Annual Conference updates. #AACOM2016

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February 2016
Vol. 10, No. 2

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