EM1706J "Grit & Resilience in Learners" (IM GR-060917)

Medical students and residents will encounter many challenges on their paths to becoming highly functioning professionals. The career of a physician also invariably includes many additional tests of her or his personal and professional limits. Unfortunately, mounting evidence over the last decade demonstrates that half or more of all medical students, residents and practicing physicians exhibit symptoms of burnout. A concerning proportion also experience depression and substance abuse with nearly 400 physicians taking their own lives every year (twice the rate of the general population). Burnout has been associated with a long list of professional and personal consequences. The problem has been well-chronicled over the last decade, and now is the time to move towards solutions. Fortunately, there is also evidence of effective approaches to develop our learners’ resilience and grit. The purpose of this presentation is to inform and arm faculty with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform our population of learners into the future generation of resilient and gritty physicians required to meet the increasing needs of our patients and society.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Summarize the scope, consequences and drivers of burnout among physicians and learners.
  • Examine the concept of resilience and its potential role in addressing burnout.
  • Describe the impact of faculty, curricula and systems on burnout and resilience.
  • Identify opportunities to improve resilience in a population of learners.
  • Explore the concept of grit and possible applications to medical education.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Blake R. Barker, M.D., F.A.C.P.Blake R. Barker, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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