Culture, Health & Wellbeing

Smarter, Faster, Stronger, Longer: Sleep Optimization for Busy Medical Faculty

1 pm to 3 pm, December 11, 2017

This session will present the role of sleep and fatigue in cognitive and physical performance. We will delineate the sleep and circadian 'thieves' that impair our daily functioning and discuss easily implemented behaviors to enhance sleep, energy, and performance.

Jonathan Barkham, MD, Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine and Neurology
Cathy Goldstein, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology


Crucial Accountability

10 am, October 13, 2017

This workshop will help you learn how to deal with bad behavior, disruptive colleagues, and difficult bosses or employees. You will learn a straightforward, step-by-step process for identifying and resolving performance gaps, strengthening accountability, eliminating inconsistency, and reducing resentment. It uses video, group discussions, skill practice, and real-life application to make the course both entertaining and engaging. 

Resilience and Well-Being Program

3 pm, August 30, 2018

This two-day resilience and well-being course has been designed specifically for the University of Michigan Medical School. This course will equip you with actionable skills to enhance your ability to overcome adversity, manage stress, and thrive in your professional and personal life. In this highly experiential workshop, you will engage in practical exercises, get personalized coaching and feedback from the instructors, and discuss strategies for applying the skills after the course.   

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) for Physicians

10 am, September 11, 2018

We work in a hectic field where we, as physicians, may feel challenged to be in control of our own time and life.  We may feel overwhelmed, with too much to do and seemingly too little time to get to non-work things that really matter, like taking care of ourselves and the people we love.

We are offering this workshop to help MDs increase their emotional intelligence and more effectively balance work and life. This scientifically resourced class has helped many doctors make thoughtful decisions about their career and lifestyle.

Specific Objectives: 

Productive Conflict

2 pm, September 11, 2018

Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict helps participants improve self-awareness around conflict behaviors. Rather than focus on a step-by-step process for conflict resolution, Everything DiSC Productive Conflict provides participants with techniques to curb destructive behaviors and effectively respond to conflict situations. The program features an exploration of DiSC® in a conflict context, provides an opportunity for participants to explore their destructive conflict responses, and offers them a method for making more productive choices in their response to conflict.

Cultivating Resilience

12 pm, May 07, 2019

The study of resilience, the ability to recover, grow and thrive when coping with challenge or adversity, is a core concept in Positive Psychology. Resilience is universally regarded as an important quality for professionals and is imperative for those working in demanding and high-stress domains. Resilience is teachable, with a focus on concrete skills and practices. This class will introduce participants to principles, tools and exercises to enhance and cultivate resilience.

Facilitator: Sarah Schneider Hong, LMSW

Mastering Civility with Christine Porath

4 pm, December 11, 2019

Incivility is prevalent in organizations, and it’s getting worse. The costs of incivility are rising, too. Christine Porath will discuss the varied ways incivility wrecks performance and robs the bottom line. In this interactive workshop, she will explain what civility buys you—and what you can focus on to be more effective. She will also share recommendations for what leaders should do to enhance their influence and craft a more respectful and thriving work environment.

Exploring Mindfulness: Techniques and a Guided Meditation

11 am, June 19, 2020

Learning mindfulness methods is a great tool for those wanting to connect to a place of inner peace and calm. In these sessions, we will discuss mindfulness techniques and apply them with a 20-minute guided meditation. Each one will address a different skill but are also stand alone. Appropriate for beginners or those with experience. These sessions are open to all.

Writing Strong Letters of Recommendation

4 pm, January 27, 2021

In this session, we will discuss tips and strategies on how to write effective letters of recommendation/support for trainees, paying particular attention to letters for trainees applying for career development awards.

Facilitated by:

Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD
John Gideon Searle Professor of Pharmacy and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Pharmacy
Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts