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Risk Matters: Physician Health and Well-being

 “Everybody perceives stress in different ways… and there's not one blanket way of handling stress.  But, the most important thing is to understand that you are stressed and recognize how it manifests in you. Some people clench their teeth, some tighten their shoulders, some have GI upset and sleep changes while others get short tempered.  We know that stress can manifest in the human body in physical ways that might make physicians become more vulnerable to illness themselves, including affecting the immune system or even causing heart attacks.”
                                                                                                                                                                     ~Charlene Dewey, MD

Every healthcare practitioner understands and feels the pressures of a career in healthcare. The pandemic threatened your safety and escalated stress and burnout. SVMIC is offering on a limited basis, a live session which provides an introduction into the professional health and wellness spectrum, focusing on valuable techniques to support and thrive in personal health and wellness while avoiding, preventing, and managing stress and burnout risks. Participants will learn approaches that enhance resilience while reducing and preventing stress in the workplace and at home and engage in reflective practices and activities that develop skills for improving wellness and interpersonal relationships. This session is a vital component to moving from simply surviving to thriving within the pandemic and after, and will be presented by Dr. Charlene Dewey, who is the Assistant Dean for Educator Development and Director for Professional Health at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine/Medical Center. Look for schedule and registration information for our limited live seminar series coming soon in the Education section of your Vantage® portal.

About The Author

Jeffrey A. Woods is the Director of Risk Education in the Risk Education and Evaluation Services Department at SVMIC. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Following graduation, he practiced law in Knoxville for almost 15 years, advising physicians and healthcare providers and defending them in malpractice claims. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and all Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Jeff joined SVMIC in 2003 and was a Senior Claims Attorney until 2015 when he transferred to his current position.

The contents of The Sentinel are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time.

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