The Healing Art of Medicine: A Better Me for a Better You

Join us for The Healing Art of Medicine: A Better Me for a Better You Friday, June 23 and June 24! The symposium will build on the many messages of an educational documentary called Patient: A Surgeon’s Journey. The film chronicles the life of Dr. Jeffrey Piehler who was a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in the treatment of cancer when he developed prostate cancer at the age of 54, at the peak of his career. He lived with prostate cancer for more than 12 years during which time his perception evolved from that of a physician to a patient. His eloquence in describing this journey with cancer and how he learned to better embrace life was captured in the filming of the documentary and provides a unique perspective for both patients diagnosed with this disease and the health care providers who treat them.

The focus of this symposium is to build on the many messages of the film with one of the core issues being work-life balance. Physician and health care provider burnout is at an all-time high. Studies show more than 50 percent of health care providers exhibit some symptoms of burnout. Alarmingly, there are more than 400 reported physician suicides in the US each year. There is a significant need for education and open discussions on ways to improve career satisfaction and to provide a reminder that it is through taking the very best care of ourselves that we ultimately provide the very best care to our patients.

Film showing:
Friday, June 23 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Your symposium registration includes one ticket to the Friday evening film showing,
discussion, reception and museum self-guided tour. Reception space is limited to the
first 135 registered attendees.

Saturday, June 24 | 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. | Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Featured speakers:
Peter Van Veldhuizen, MD
"Career Satisfaction and ‘Burnout’ in Health Care Professionals: What We Know"

Suman Kambhampati, MD
"Intercultural Health Care Differences in Caring for Ourselves and Our Patients"

Sami Mansfield
"Physical Activity and Fitness"

Lisa Pinsker, MA
"Mindfulness Meditation"

Peter Warren
"Art in Medicine"

Download the symposium brochure for more information (PDF).

Registration is now closed.