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ABIM MOC Activity ID

12/13/2018 - Medical Grand Rounds: Cultivating Human Flourishing Through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience





Credit Hours: CME 1.00

Target Audience:

Faculty, residents, fellows, and community physicians in General Internal Medicine and subspecialties.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the diagnostic skills for recognizing early signs and symptoms of anger in yourself.
  • Recognize the proper management of moving beyond empathy to compassion, which will result in less burnout.
  • Evaluate safeguards for protecting against loss of interest in the practice of medicine, in the event of burnout vulnerability.
  • Review the recommended processes and procedures for cultivating compassion in order to practice more humility.

Suggested Additional Reading:

  1. Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing. New York: W. W. Norton (2005).
  2. Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2011).
  3. A. Lutz et al., “Long-term Meditators Self-induce High-amplitude Synchrony During Mental Practice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101 (2004):16369–16373.

Barry Kerzin, MD — Affiliate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma
Visiting Professor, Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India
Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong
Founder and President of the Altruism in Medicine Institute
Founder and Chairman of the Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
Authors disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.