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Pandemic Trauma and Stress Experience Among Faculty and Trainees: Helping Leaders Reduce Stress and Burnout through Organizational and Individual Approaches

Day: Sunday 28 August
Time: 1330-1630
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Charlene Dewey1, Teri Turner2, Caroline Cone3
1 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, USA
2 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
3 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine/Medical Center, Nashville, USA

Background:The COVID-19 pandemic has strained healthcare personnel and the system. Fifty percent or more of physicians were stressed and at/near burnout prior to the pandemic. The pandemic and all its uncertainties added to the stress of trainees, physicians, and other healthcare providers (HCP) resulting in stressed/distressed behaviors that have manifested in various forms at both work and home. Physicians and HCP may be experiencing PTSE or Pandemic Trauma and Stress Experience. Leadership training is vital in addressing pandemic challenges. Most leaders are not trained to address sources of burnout or implement organizational change strategies to rectify burnout; therefore, leaders need training. Past participants attending our programs in leadership and burnout gained valuable insights into the cost of burnout and implementation of resilience strategies. The goal of this workshop is to provide training and resources for educational leaders to mitigate the emotional impact of the pandemic and reduce burnout in their home institutions. The interactive workshop leverages organizational science as a framework to train leaders across the learning continuum (students, trainees, physicians, and other HCP). Given our experience in training individuals and leaders, we want to share these valuable lessons to help leaders understand, identify, and support HCPs and trainees who are feeling stress and/or burnout from the pandemic. Participants will leave with strategies, tools, and resources to implement in their own environment.
Who Should Participate: Leaders in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and biomedical science.
Structure of Workshop:

  • Introductions.

  • Overview: Definitions and stress/burnout-related behaviors and self-assessments.

  • Case Discussion – Introduction.

  • Organizational Approaches.

  • Individual Approaches.

  • Case Discussion/Reflection – Solutions.

  • Q&A and Summary.

  • Instructional strategies include self-assessments, pair share, mini-didactics, case discussion, and goal setting

Intended Outcomes: Participants completing the session will:

  • Recognize PTSE and behaviors resulting from stress and burnout.

  • Identify and select appropriate methods to support individuals via organizational and individual approaches/interventions.

  • Discuss strategies to apply at home institutions.

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