Presented by Kishore E. Malavade, MD
Physicians routinely confront loss in their care for patients. While loss of patients is a major component of this experience, physicians confront related experiences, including treatment failure, a loss of sense of efficacy, loss of self-image, and loss of time. While death and loss of patients has been written about from the perspective of oncology, and palliative care, these experiences touch every physician to some degree. Loss leads to grief, and successive losses and unresolved grief can lead to physician burnout. There is increasing recognition that physician wellness is a critical component of a well-functioning health care system, and that physician burnout leads to poor outcomes for not only physicians, but their patients as well. This talk will provide background on the nature of loss and grief for physicians, and provide strategies and tools to cope with these painful realities that every physician experiences. These include ways to improve communication skills in order to be more compassionate with patients and families and one’s self. Culturally competent communication skills have a critical role in how loss is processed. Self-care, mindfulness, and developing a support system are key to helping physicians cope with loss and grief.
For JOINTLY SPONSORED ACTIVITIES
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of Maimonides Medical Center and CAMS. Maimonides Medical Center is accredited by The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Maimonides Medical Center designates this Live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity