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Managing Stress and Burnout, and Achieving Wellness, in Physicians and their Patients: Understanding the Triggers and Acquiring Skills for Prevention and Treatment

Holland America's <em> Nieuw Statendam</em>
Holland America's Nieuw Statendam
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

April 05 - 12, 2020
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Alice D. Domar, PhD

Alice D. Domar, PhD
Executive Director
Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health
Senior Staff Psychologist
Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - part-time
Harvard Medical School
Director of Integrative Care, Boston IVF Alice D. Domar, PhD is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women's health issues. She not only established the first Mind/Body Center for Women's Health, but also conducts ongoing ground-breaking research in the field. Her research focuses on the relationship between stress and different women's health conditions, and creating innovative programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms.

Dr. Domar received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva University. Her post-doctoral training was at Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, all in Boston.

She has conducted research on infertility, breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, ovarian cancer, pregnancy, and premenstrual syndrome. Dr. Domar has earned an international reputation as one of the country's top women's health experts.

She is currently the Executive Director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health, and the Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF. She is an associate professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Domar has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as a best-selling author, media authority and sought-after public speaker. She is the author of numerous books, including the national best seller “Self-Nurture”, and is on the advisory board for Parents Magazine. She was on the Board of Experts for ShareCare.com and was a columnist for Redbook and Health magazines. She was also a featured expert for LLuminari and on the online social health network BeWell.com. She served on the board of Resolve for ten years.

Three of her books have been finalists for the Books for a Better Life Award. She was also the Series Editor for a series of mind/body books by Harvard Medical Publications/Simon and Schuster. She is the narrator of the DVD’s “Stress and Relaxation Explained” and “Infertility Explained”, both of which won silver Telly Awards. Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN, PBS, and the CBS and NBC Evening News, to name a few. She presents lectures and conducts workshops throughout the US and around the world and went on tour with Oprah in the spring of 2004 and 2005 with the LLuminari team. Dr. Domar was named to the prestigious list of 15 “Women to Watch in 2004” by Lifetime TV. Her seventh book, “Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom” came out in 2016.

Elizabeth Grill, PsyD

Elizabeth Grill, PsyD
 Director of Psychological Services 
Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine a
Associate Professor of Psychology i
Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, and Psychiatry
Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Assistant Attending Psychologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Elizabeth Grill is Director of Psychological Services and Associate Professor of Psychology at The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is also an Assistant Attending Psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Grill is experienced as a health psychologist and medical researcher. Dr. Grill sits on several professional boards and is an editorial reviewer for peer reviewed journals.

She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, has lectured worldwide to patient and medical audiences and has participated in media interviews.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Physicians, nurses and support staff have numerous roles and responsibilities which facilitate patient care, satisfaction, and adherence. The presence of expanding technologies, notably electronic medical records, have put increasing demands on expertise as well as taking far more time. This makes it challenging to meet the important aspect of patient-centered care. Patients today can be difficult to manage, demanding, and often quote inaccurate information gleamed online. In addition, test results need to be presented in a timely manner while simultaneously requiring empathic skills when delivering bad news. While treatment advances have increased survival rates for many patients, explaining complex treatment regimens and the potential costs is time consuming and stressful.

With the recent WHO acknowledgement of burnout as a disease, more attention is being paid to the physical and psychological demands of being a healthcare professional. Physicians and nurses report increasing levels of job dissatisfaction, physical symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, fatigue, back and neck pain and gastrointestinal distress, and psychological symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and depression.

This course will offer a comprehensive combination of educational and training strategies as well as numerous experiential exercises to combat stress, prevent and treat burnout, and improve not only participant wellness but also lead to an improvement in patient care. Strategies will include relaxation training, cognitive approaches to combat automatic negative thought patterns, mindfulness training, empathic skills communication, and methods to combat perfectionistic thinking patterns.

For example, mindfulness has been shown to be an effective antidote and it is possible to incorporate mindfulness into ones daily routine in a practical and efficient manner. Practicing mindfulness can ease the consequences of stress while simultaneously improving patient care.

In addition, perfectionism is common and even encouraged in the medical world. Acceptance to medical school is predicated on academic excellence and thus, in medicine where teamwork, appropriate social behavior, and flexibility may be as important as academic knowledge, this can feel threatening for the physician who has succeeded through perfectionistic academic self-induced pressure. Committing a mistake, although expected by all in this field, can feel overwhelming and unacceptable to a perfectionist and can lead to symptoms of stress, depression, and even suicide. Solutions to maladaptive perfectionism include cognitive-behavior therapy an d coaching which will be emphasized.

  1. How to Communicate with Difficult Patients
    • Apply techniques to manage difficult patients encountered in clinical practices focusing on empathic skills communication
  2. Providing a Patient-Centered Care Experience
    • Give examples of the concepts of patient-centered care and the strategies which emphasize them
  3. Counseling Issues for Delivering Good and Bad News
    • Develop and improve clinician skills when discussing test results with patients, with an emphasis on appropriate delivery of bad news
  4. Utilizing Emphatic Communication with Patients
    • Cite the research on empathic communication and methods of delivery
  5. Managing Patient Expectations
    • Identify techniques to improve overall patient care and delivery
  6. Models of Practice and Counseling Interventions
    • Describe the most effective counseling interventions
  7. Recognizing Symptoms of Burnout
    • List the physical, psychological and behavioral symptoms of burnout
  8. Integrating Mindfulness into One's Daily Life
    • Be able to initiate a personal mindfulness practice and have the skills to explain mindfulness to patients
  9. Recognizing and Combating Perfectionism
  10. Hands on Experiential Exercises in Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sun Apr 05 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 5:00 pm
Mon Apr 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Apr 07 Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Wed Apr 08 San Juan, Puerto Rico
1:00 pm 11:00 pm
Thu Apr 09 St. Thomas, U.S. V.I.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Apr 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Apr 11 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Sun Apr 12 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos - Grand Turk is a picturesque island with a relaxed pace and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There are no fast food chains and no sprawling resorts.In addition to the amazing year around diving, with Oasis Divers you have seasonal attractions such as the North Atlantic humpback whales during the winter and manta rays in the summer, you're sure to be amazed.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque.  

St. Thomas, U.S. V.I. - Arguably the island with the best shopping and the best beaches. Shop duty-free Charlotte Amalie 'til you drop. Or dive into the beach scene at beautiful Magens Bay, Coki Point, or Turtle Cove, nesting ground of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - When was the last time you whiled away the day on a private Caribbean island? Here's your chance. The island is ours; the day is yours to sun, swim, and sail. Enjoy!

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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