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Primary Care Training Enhancement

The Resilient Provider Session Overview

This session is an introduction to the neurobiology of stress and resilience with implications for provider wellness, self-care and clinical competence.

Session Length: 80 minutes

Prerequisite(s): None

Learning Objectives

  • Define resilience in relation to human responses to adversity.

  • Explain the neurobiological effects of chronic stress.

  • Describe the biological determinants of resilience.

  • Demonstrate healthy coping mechanisms to develop and enhance resilience.

  • Apply the understanding of resilience and the effects of chronic stress to provider wellness and self-care.

Author:  Laura Barr, MD

School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

The Resilient Provider - Session Facilitator Guide

Presentation - The Resilient Provider

Resources for Learners

Before the session, read the following:

  1. Physician Resilience and Burnout:  Can You Make the Switch?  Annie Nedrow, MD, MBA, Nicole A. Steckler, PhD, and Joseph Hardman, MD  Fam Pract Manag. 2013 Jan-Feb;20(1):25-30.

  2. McEwen BS. Allostasis and the Epigenetics of Brain and Body Health Over the Life Course: The Brain on Stress. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(6):551–552. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0270

  3. Johnson, Blair T., and Rebecca L. Acabchuk. "What are the keys to a longer, happier life? Answers from five decades of health psychology research." Social Science & Medicine, vol. 196, 2018, pp. 218-226. doi:10.1016/J.SOCSCIMED.2017.11.001


Resources for Instructors

  1. Powerpoint slide set

  2. Resources with presentation and participant pre-session reading assignment

ACGME Statement on Commitment to Clinician Well-Being and Resilience