Our staff members present to a growing number and variety of audiences at academic centres, community hospitals, educational events, and conferences throughout Ontario and North America.

Education along the spectrum from wellness and work-life balance through to burnout, substance use disorders and mental health concerns in health professionals is essential - not only to promote personal resilience and prevent health problems, but also to encourage early identification of those health professionals who are experiencing stress, distress and illness. The PHP is able to offer or facilitate such educational opportunities to meet the needs of your group.

Workshops and Presentations

Peak Performance - Staying on top of our game

Description

This workshop will introduce physicians to the field of peak performance. While extensively used in the training of elite athletes and other high-performance settings, mental readiness is a significant factor in achieving excellence in any field. In this workshop we will explore the specifics of peak performance training and mental readiness that can be used in the many demanding situations in medicine, such as executing difficult procedures, or managing complex patients. Practical exercises combined with group discussion will ensure participants comprehend specific mental readiness skills discover how peak performance training can enhance everyday living both inside and outside the medical practice.

Presentaiton Learning Objectives

  1. To review the empirical basis for peak performance and mental readiness approaches
  2. To identify 3 ways to improve attention and focus
  3. To learn skills on how to improve mental readiness, to keep the mind focussed and steady on what you intend, for specific situations and in the usual routine of the day


Please contact Ted Bober at Ted.Bober@oma.org for more information.

The Vulnerable Physician: Substance Use Disorders in Doctors

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature and prevalence of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in physicians
  2. Learn how to recognize and support a colleague in distress
  3. Become familiar with treatment and recovery support services for physicians experiencing SUDs

Description

This is a fundamental educational session designed for medical students, residents and practicing physicians of all kinds about substance use problems amongst physicians. This presentation can be brief and didactic (e.g. a 45 minute lecture for students or departmental rounds) or it can be offered as a longer, interactive workshop. It is also possible to include testimonial content from a doctor in recovery.

Physician, Heal Thyself: Taking care of the BASICS

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Become familiar with the health status of physicians as a population
  2. Understand the risks associated with chronic, unrelieved stress
  3. Learn the BASICS paradigm describing resilience practices for physicians

Description

This is a fundamental presentation describing the health problems that physicians face with some focus upon unrelieved stress and burnout. The BASICS paradigm has been developed to organize strategic practices into six easily understood domains. This material can be offered as a short, didactic presentation (45 minutes with time for Q and A) or in longer, interactive workshop format.

Responding to the Needs of Distressed Doctors

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Review the nature and prevalence of mental health problems that can impair physician function
  2. Learn to recognize signs of these conditions along with fundamental response strategies
  3. Become familiar with resources available to respond to distressed physicians in need

Description

This material deals with the kinds of problems that can lead to physician distress and impairment along with developing an understanding of how to recognize and support a colleague in need. This presentation can be short, in didactic format or it can be developed into a longer, more interactive workshop format. Case examples are used.

Things I Wish I Was Told Starting Medical School

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Welcome students to the medical profession
  2. Understand that members of the medical profession have personal health vulnerabilities just as others have
  3. Emphasize the importance of a continuing practice of self-care throughout medical school and beyond

Description

This is an introduction to the medical profession, emphasizing personal health issues, ideally offered to students in the first days of medical school. It is best combined with other orientation messages. It can be offered as a lecture or, better, as the framework for a discussion utilizing more senior medical students as part of a panel presentation.

Five Fundamentals of Civility for Physicians

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. List some definitions of civility that are relevant to the behaviour of doctors and other healthcare workers in the professional environment
  2. Describe the impacts of professional behaviour, both civil and uncivil, upon colleagues, co-workers, healthcare teams and patient care
  3. Identify a grouping of strategies that are associated with and promote civil professional comportment amongst doctors which can be integrated into all levels of professional training and practise

Description

This is an educational session designed for medical students, residents and practicing physicians of all kinds describing civility in the professional context – a paradigm exploring fundamental elements that are essential for civil professional conduct. This presentation can be brief and didactic (e.g. a 45 minute lecture for students, departmental rounds or a conference plenary) or it can be offered as a longer, interactive workshop (e.g. 90 minutes, half day, full day).

Mindfulness in Medicine

MINDFULNESS IN MEDICINE - What is It?
Mindfulness is simply paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, in a non-judgemental way during everyday activities. The practice of mindfulness has roots in the meditative practices of mainly Eastern religious traditions, although the mindfulness sessions presented here offer a more pragmatic approach for health care professionals.

Crucial Conversations & Crucial Accountability

Learn vital skills that enable you to create conditions here people speak with complete candor and respect. These skills drive improvements in patient safety and quality care by helping you to:

  • Spot when conversations become crucial
  • Avoid repeatedly having the same conversations
  • Understand your own style under stress
  • Recognize and diffuse violence and silence
  • Clearly identify and express what you really mean
  • Separate facts from stories and emotions and make it safe for others to speak up

 

How To Schedule

If you are interested in discussing and scheduling a presentation or workshop, please contact Ted Bober at ted.bober@oma.org or 1-800-268-7215 ext 2261. To the left is a list of PHP presentation topics that we can provide at your organization. In addition, we can tailor our presentations to address the issues that are unique to your organization.

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