Promoting Faculty Well Being in an Academic Health Center



More than half of practicing physicians exhibit characteristics of chronic stress and burnout. This trend may begin earlier with the observed decline in empathy during medical student training and the alarming rates of burnout in medical and other students in the health professions. In this presentation, Dr. Haramati will review the pathophysiology of stress and present published outcomes on curricular interventions to help students and faculty manage stress, foster empathy and build resilience. He will share his perspective on why it is essential to incorporate mind-body techniques into the work life of faculty and training curriculum for all health professionals—something that will require both skill and courage.


∙ To describe the prevalence of burnout among physicians and other health professionals

∙ To understand the physiology and pathophysiology of stress and the scientific basis for mind-body therapies used to reduce stress and improve well-being

∙ To learn about interventional models currently being explored for medical students, residents, physicians and academic faculty to prevent, limit or reverse burnout and foster resiliency


  • Aviad Haramati, PhD, Professor of Physiology and Medicine, Director, Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE), Georgetown University Medical Center

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