Addressing Burnout: A Training Program for Healthcare Leaders


July 13-15, 2022

July 12-14, 2023

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Virtual Course via Zoom

Course Participants' Testimonials

GoalsTrain leaders within departments and divisions on physician wellness and resilience topics such as wellness, identifying and dealing with stress and stress management, burnout, and impairment. Identify resilience building activities for physicians within departments and designing and implementing organizational programs to address and reduce risk of burnout and impairment.

ObjectivesAfter participating in this CME activity, leaders will:

  1. Identify individual risk factors, sources and consequences of stress and burnout at work and home.

  2. Engage in reflection to connect meaning and value as a physician.

  3. Apply knowledge of managing energy to cases and current work-life situation.

  4. Practice emotional regulation, conflict management, assertiveness communication and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

  5. Identify areas of personal change and design a personal wellness plan by writing B-A-SMART-ER™ goals to implement and complete within the next six months.

  6. Analyze the current workplace environment and outline solutions that promote well-being and professionalism using a nominal group technique.

  7. Create a brief summary of next steps for developing and implementing changes within his/her area for improving a culture of wellness.

Target AudienceHealthcare leaders (program directors, division chiefs, department chairs, chief medical officers, etc.) from medicine, nursing and dentistry. 

Comments from prior participants:

“Engaging. Pace was excellent. Good balance between activities and theory discussion.”

“Realized that we need to help ourselves in order to better serve others.”

“Excellent presentations – very helpful, great tips!”

Registration fee: $5000. 
Includes all course materials, an individual wellness report, leadership book and and CME Credit.
Please contact us at if you are interested in registering for the retreat.

Core Faculty:

Charlene M. Dewey, MD, MEd, MACP: (conference planner) - Assistant Dean, Medical Education and Administration and Professor of Internal Medicine & Public Health; Director, Center for Professional Health and Chair, Faculty Wellness Committee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

William H. Swiggart, MS: Director Emeritus, Center for Professional Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP: President SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Downstate Medical Center.

Reid C. Thompson, MD: William F. Meacham Professor and Chairman, Director Neurosurgical Oncology, Director Brain Tumor Center; Professor of Otolaryngology

Accreditation: Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

CME: Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Topics Covered:

Day 1
Conceptual Models & Physician Well being
Professional Health and Wellness Spectrum
Stress and Stress Management in the COVID 19 Pandemic
Burnout Identification and Prevention
Resilience and Joy in the Job
Goals and Goal Setting: B A SMART ER TM Model
Review of Personal Wellness Reports*

Day 2
Burnout and Distressed Behaviors
Addressing sources of Burnout
Conflict Management and Effective Communication
Creating Cultures of Wellness
Individual and Organizational Approaches to Reducing
Burnout: Case Discussions

Day 3
Leadership Panel
Budgets and C suites
Identifying Problems and Solutions
Logic Models and Outcomes
Project Development and Action Items
Project Ideas and Feedback