Restoring the Art of Medicine: The Power of Physician Wellness

More than 50 percent of US physicians report significant symptoms of burnout, and evidence indicates that this public health crisis is growing quickly. Discussion includes issues and challenges around physician burnout and ways by which we can restore physician wellness and the joy of practice, featuring playwright Michael Milligan who performs a multi-layered perspective on a physician in crisis.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, you should be able to:

  • Identify professional, institutional, and systemic factors that contribute to physician burnout and the potential consequences to patient care
  • Develop and implement strategies for professional, institutional, and systemic reforms to mitigate physician burnout
  • Describe ways in which the Federation of State Medical Boards and the State Medical Boards are addressing physician burnout, improving wellness, and reducing the stigma of accessing mental health care

Additional Information

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS)
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Course summary
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  • 3.25 MOC II
  • 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Alain Chaoui, MD, FAAFP, President, Massachusetts Medical Society
Michelle A. Williams, SM, ScD, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Michael Milligan, Playwright and Performer, Poor Box Theater
Tait Shanafelt, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine, Director, WellMD Center
Marie T. Brown, MD, MACP, Senior Physician Advisor, Physician Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Group, American Medical Association
Stephen J. Swensen, MD, MMM, Former Director Leadership and Organization Development, Mayo Clinic;  Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Science and Theme Leader of NEJM Catalyst 
Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, SM, MACP, President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards  

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards: 
Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 3.25 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

 You must complete the reflective statement at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Available Credit

  • 3.25 MOC II
  • 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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Member cost:
Student or Resident cost:
Other Health Care Professionals cost:
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