Our Current Topics series reflects a variety of ideas and developments in healthcare that are of current interest to our faculty. These sessions are intended to address “hot topics” or cutting-edge issues currently prominent in health care. Current Topics sessions are generally presented by our internal faculty, but there are times at which external faculty are invited to share their expertise on a special topic as needed. While the sessions are created with the faculty audience in mind, all interested faculty and staff are invited to attend sessions which are topically relevant to their roles and/or interests.
Tracy Gunter, MD, presents " Understanding and Intervening in the Problem of Physician Death by Suicide"
Understanding and Intervening in the Problem of Physician Death by Suicide: Individual Risk Factor Management and Beyond by Tracy Gunter, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry,
Indiana University School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor Law, Indiana University School of Law
- Understand the epidemiology of physicians who die by suicide
- Recognize the different psychosocial risk factors for physicians
- Identify system barriers to seeking effective treatment and care
- Brainstorm about potential solutions to help in prevention and early engagement in care
Aviad Haramati, PhD, presents "The Imperative for Mind-Body Medicine in the Training of Health Professionals
The Imperative for Mind-Body Medicine in the Training of Health Professionals by Aviad Haramati, PhD
Professor of Physiology and Medicine, Director, Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown University Medical Center
- Explain the physiology and pathophysiology of stress and the scientific basis for mind-body therapies (such as meditation, breathing and imagery) used to reduce stress and improve well-being
- Reflect on the “experiential learning” exercises used to teach faculty and students Mind-Body Medicine skills for self-awareness and resilience
- Discuss the interventional models currently being explored for medical students, physicians and academic faculty to build resiliency and prevent, limit or reverse burnout
Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals: Do I Have the Time? by Laurie Seidel, M.S.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Educator, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Carilion Clinic and Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
- Identify and discuss key characteristics of mindfulness.
- Describe how mindfulness practices can address stress and well-being.
- Examine ways that mindfulness practice can be integrated into daily life...even at work.
- Learn mindfulness practice skills.
Portfolio, Promotion, and Tenure by Dr. Bruce Johnson
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
- Discuss the important criteria for academic promotion at VTC.
- Discuss role of the Curriculum Vitae and the Academic Portfolio in the process of applying for academic promotion.
- Describe the component parts of the VTC curriculum vitae.
- Describe the component parts of a sample academic portfolio.
Spiritual Conversations: It's Really OK by Dr. Richard Brown
M.Div., BCC, ACPE, ACPE Supervisor
Director of Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education Carilion Clinic
Assistant Professor Interprofessionalism Education JCHS and Instructor VTCSOM
- Distinguish Spiritual History versus Spiritual Assessment
- Integrate spiritual conversations into your plan of care
- Distinguish what our patients want from us
Second Victim by Joshua Clark, R.N., CPPS
Quality Improvement Facilitator for Quality and Patient Safety
- Define the term "Second Victim"
- Discuss how the Second Victim concept materialized
- List the acute and chronic symptoms a Second Victim may demonstrate
- State the purpose and responsibilities of a Second Victim Support Program