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    Finding Meaning in Medicine
    October 29 

    More and more, physicians are looking for ways to connect with one another and find a place of truth and meaning in a medical environment that sometimes separates us from our original sense of calling and purpose. To meet this need, physician wellness pioneer Rachel Remen developed Finding Meaning in Medicine (FMM), a program used for over 25 years across the country in all kinds of medical practice settings.   

    These ongoing, no-cost monthly meetings are a place where colleagues enter into meaningful dialogue on topics related to the fundamental experience of medical practice. FMM small group discussions are times of exploration and discovery, uncovering meaning that is antecedent to finding deeper satisfaction in our work. The dialogue within this supportive community of colleagues can be transformative, enriching each person’s connection to the river of meaning that is often hidden from us in our day-to-day work, connecting us in new ways with our patients, our colleagues, the lineage of medicine and healing, and our own calling to medicine.  

    Drs. Jennifer Aranda and Brian Sayers will facilitate TCMS FMM groups. The first groups, forming this September, will meet once monthly from September thru May, meetings lasting about 90 minutes. Group size by design is limited, so please sign up early. In September we will offer two dates to choose from.

    For more information or to register contact bsayers@austin.rr.com.   

    To learn more about this program.


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    Physician Wellness Coaching

    The Physician Wellness Program offers anonymous, free sessions with TCMS vetted psychologists. So far the program has funded over 400 confidential sessions with our therapists.  

    The program can be easily accessed and privacy is strictly protected. A certified Gottman Couples Therapist is now available in addition to individual counselors to help with work, personal, or marital issues.  

    The cost of the first four sessions is covered by the program.  

    Whatever the issue, this program is your safe harbor. Nothing is reported, no diagnosis made, no insurance billed.

    To access the program, call the wellness line at 512-467-5165 or visit the PWP coaching page.


    Caduceus Group
    Thursday evenings 
    7:00 pm  

    Weekly AA meeting for physicians. For details contact Belinda Clare 512-206-1250. 


    Yoga for Physicians
    Oct 26 - lower back & hips

    *Please bring yoga mat for all sessions.
    7756 Northcross Drive, Suite 203 - Sports and Spine Associates 

    9:30 - 10:30 am, (please arrive at 9:15 am)

    Door will be propped open. Thanks to Dr. Wasserburger for donating the location.   

    All levels of yogis welcome! 
    Yoga helps reduce stress, increase flexibility, and promote peace of mind. These gentle classes are a great intro to yoga if you are a beginner or to enhance your existing practice.   

    • Explore elements of various yoga skills: vinyasa, restorative, and yin yoga with modifications for all levels of practice.
    • Learn how to connect breath to mindful movement.
    • Practice easy mindfulness and meditation strategies.   

    TCMS Members and spouses Free.   

    RSVP or more information: dr.nadia@themindfulmdmom.com.


    Docs Noteworthy Ensemble
    Saturdays in October
    1:30pm - 3:00pm   

    Interested in sharing your musical abilities? Docs Noteworthy Ensemble meets Saturdays from 1:30-3:00 pm. Find them in the school building next to St. Theresa Catholic Church, 4311 Small Dr.  

    Entering their second season, they are learning cool music such as “Lean on Me,” “Homeward Bound,” and “Kokomo.” Instrumentalists are welcome.   

    You and your family members are invited to join the Docs Noteworthy Ensemble at any of their rehearsals.  

    Text Dr. Lee Frierson-Stroud (512) 632-7064 for additional details. 


    Mortals in Medicine: A Live Storytelling Night
    November 5 

    A private event for health care professionals and physicians only. Come and hear stories from medical colleagues across the Austin area. Stories that only we could tell and understand.

    Date: Tuesday, Nov 5
    Time: 7 pm doors open, 7:30 pm Storytellers start
    Where: Spider House Ballroom (2906 Fruth St.-near UT off West 29th)  

    Grab a beverage and come be a part of our exclusive Austin event!  

    Supporters and Partners:
    The Center for Resiliency at Dell Children's
    Travis County Medical Society.

    Stress Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Professionals
    Saturday, November 9
    9:00am - 3:00pm  

    This CME accredited mini-retreat is offered quarterly by Dr. Anna Vu-Wallace and Seton Cove featuring a review of stress physiology and mind-body research, as well as the mindfulness presentation and practice during the workshop.  

    For more information and registration.


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    The PWP is a self-supporting project that depends on your tax deductible donations. Contact Belinda Clare at bclare@tcms.com or 512-206-1250 for more information. 



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