April 11 & 12, 2014
Harmony Farms
5578 S. State Route 202
Tipp City, OH 45371
Cost: $300

2014 Physician Retreat: Caring for the Soul of Medicine
“Mindful Practice: Compassion and Resilience”

In the midst of our complex health care environment, numerous studies have found that physicians are experiencing increased levels of burnout, a syndrome resulting from work-related stress characterized by emotional exhaustion, feelings of cynicism and detachment toward patients (depersonalization) and a low sense of personal accomplishment. Boonshoft School of Medicine is sponsoring a Physician Retreat: Caring for the Soul of Medicine on “Mindful Practice: Compassion and Resilience,” on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, to explore mindful practice as a way to overcome physician burnout.

Retreat presenters will be Michael Krasner, M.D., and Ronald Epstein, M.D., from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. They coauthored a September 2009 Journal of the American Medical Association article, "Association of an Educational Program in Mindful Communication With Burnout, Empathy, and Attitudes Among Primary Care Physicians," which reports on a study showing that physician participation in a mindful communication program was associated with short-term and sustained improvements in well-being and attitudes associated with patient-centered care.

Objectives for the retreat include: reviewing the approach of mindful practice and relevant research that supports its usefulness in addressing quality of care and quality of caring in health care, exploring the process of attention and awareness as a practitioner, the role of team work and physician resilience. The presenters will also review ways to bring mindful practice into personal and organizational settings. They will be using mixed methods of didactics and individual and group exercises.

“We are very excited to have Drs. Krasner and Epstein as presenters for this year’s Physician Retreat. The topic of mindful practice is so relevant to medicine today. The setting for the retreat and its theme offer a time of respite from our busy professional lives. I hope you can join us for an incredibly enriching experience!” says Evangeline C. Andarsio, M.D., associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Andarsio is chair of the Medicine-Spirituality Conference, chair of the annual Physician Retreat, and codirector of the Healer’s Art program at Wright State.


Friday, April 11, 2014
8–8:30 a.m.: Yoga (Lu Marchand, M.D.)
8:30–9 a.m.: Continental breakfast
9 a.m.–noon: Meet with presenters
noon–1 p.m.: Luncheon
1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Meet with presenters
After 4:30 p.m.: Dinner on your own

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8–8:30 a.m.: Yoga (Lu Marchand, M.D.)
8:30–9 a.m.: Continental breakfast
9 a.m.–noon: Meet with presenters
noon–1 p.m.: Luncheon

Continuing Medical Education

Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WSU designated this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The cost of the retreat is $300, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch each day. The fee doesn't cover the cost of a hotel or a room at the retreat center or the Friday night dinner. For more information, contact Dr. Andarsio at evangelinea@sbcglobal.net.