Local Events, Programs, Connections

 

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TCMS Physician Wellness Program and Texas Medical Association presents

2021 Texas Medical Association Virtual Physician Health and Wellness Exchange Conference. 

 
Enjoy several virtual presentations designed to provide a healthy outlook on what it takes to be a contented physician and person in today’s complicated world. Sessions include “‘I Don’t Want to be Resilient’: How the Resilience Narrative Harms Physicians”; “Following Your Calling when Work Gets Harder”; and “Soul Centered Medicine: The Physician as an Instrument of Peace.” 
 
This event is Ethics CME accredited. Click here  for full agenda with times. 
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 23 | Virtual event
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
followed by: TMA Physician Health and Wellness Exchange from 12:15 PM - 4 PM.



Finding Meaning in Medicine
October 19
Virtual Meeting

 
Finding Meaning in Medicine (FMM) is a small group program developed by physician wellness pioneer Rachel Remen over 20 years ago, with over 100 groups meeting in medical schools and practice communities throughout the world. The program explores our 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, while enjoying the company of colleagues in an informal setting. 
 
New: This fall the PWP group will join the FMM group at Dell Medical School, led by 
Drs. Craig Hurwitz, Carrie Barron and Luann Wilkerson.
 
Time of meetings is: 3rd Tuesday of each month 6:00-6:45 via zoom
 
For more information contact Dr. Hurwitz at churwic@gmail.com.


Mortals in Medicine
Tuesday, November 2
7:30 pm
Zoom Video Conference

Registration Link 

Mortals in Medicine is a storytelling event for people who work in healthcare. If you are a medical professional, come hear amazing storytellers in the medical field share profound & inspiring experiences that have shaped their career.

Docs Noteworthy Ensemble
October
1:30 pm
In Person & Zoom Video Conference

 

Calling all Physician Singers and Instrumentalists

The Docs' Noteworthy Ensemble is entering its 3rd Season. Fresh off our most recent performance, we are inviting others to join us in a fun and laid-back setting.

We are looking for people who enjoy singing in the shower, in their car on the way to work, at church or under their breath. Singers who want to learn how to read music or who are experts are all welcome.

If you took instrumental lessons in your youth, played in the school band or are playing now, you are welcome to join us. Bring your family members to join us for some together time.

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

Balint Group

 
Authentic connection has been a life saver during this pandemic, especially connecting with other folks who do the emotionally difficult work of practicing medicine. One impactful technique has been attending a Balint group.
 
PWP is proud to offer a Balint Group to TCMS members this fall. Led by Palliative Care specialist, Dr. Michelle Owens, this small group offering is forming up now for a fall cohort. 
 
What is a Balint Group? 
A Balint group meets regularly and presents clinical cases in order to better understand the physician-patient relationship. The work we do is medically, emotionally and psychologically complex. These facilitated discussions uncover new and different perceptions about our work.
 
You can view this short 2-minute video  for additional information regarding Balint groups from the American Balint Society.
 
Balint participants are honest, respectful and supportive of different viewpoints. It is a safe space and the content of the group is confidential. Group size is limited to 8-12 participants to meet monthly for about eight months. Participation is free.
 
For more information, email Dr. Owens at mowensdo@gmail.com.


Yoga For Physicians
Saturday
9:30 am
Zoom Video Conference

 

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

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.





Confidential, Free Counseling Program for 
TCMS Members and Spouses

 

• Featuring our outstanding psychologists
• Remote/teletherapy visits

The Physician Wellness Program offers anonymous, free sessions with TCMS vetted psychologists. So far the program has funded over 900 confidential sessions with our therapists.

The program can be easily accessed and privacy is strictly protected. A certified Gottman Couples Therapist is 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 counselor page .

Physician Group Therapy
Deep Eddy Psychotherapy

   Aaron Dembe, PhD at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy is forming a group of physicians to explore issues related to career related stress.
  
PWP has worked closely over the years with Deep Eddy Psychotherapy. The first four group therapy sessions are covered by PWP in lieu of coverage for individual therapy. 
  
Mondays at 6, starting Sept 13th, on Zoom
If interested contact aaron@deepeddypsychotherapy.com for a 20-min consult to see if it is a good fit.
 



Caduceus Group
Thursday evenings 
7:00 pm 
Zoom Video Conference

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

 

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Twitter at TCMS_Wellness

 


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. 

 

Got Something to Say? Calling all Writers . . . 

 

Please consider submitting a 500-700 word essay for our monthly PWP blog. Anything related to physician well-being or reflections on the practice of medicine.

Looking for something uplifting.

Please, no rants or political commentary!

Questions or submissions tobsayers@austin.rr.com.