Massachusetts Medical Society: Episode 3: Self-Care is Not Selfish

Episode 3: Self-Care is Not Selfish

Self-Care is Not Selfish

Course Overview

After reviewing Marie’s effort to take time for lunch, Dr. Schwab introduces her to Margaret Moore, MBA (a.k.a. Coach Meg), founder of the first health and wellness coaching school in the United States.  Coach Meg points out that physicians are trained first and foremost to focus on their patients' well-being and often feel guilty when they pause to take care of themselves. "We’re not a healthy society, emotionally or physically. And it’s hard to imagine us getting that [patient care] done without the health care workforce also being well." Coach Meg presents multiple definitions of well-being and delineates the relationship between resilience and positive emotions.  Maintaining an upbeat, open-minded, and flexible perspective may counteract the stress encountered during a busy clinic session. Coach Meg talks to Marie about coaching herself during the course of the work day. Short breaks, deep breaths, and glancing at a pleasant image may be helpful. Meg motivates Marie to take a high-level look at herself and her life, and to start re-examining the path forward and its sustainability. Coach Meg and Dr. Schwab inspire Marie to see if she can begin to locate her own personal “off switch” before the next episode.

Learning Objectives

  • Balance one’s focus on patient-centered care and patient well-being with physician self-care and integrate into one’s personal practice an awareness that adequate and effective self-care provide a foundation for excellent patient care. 
  • Recognize various definitions of well-being and ways of integrating and sustaining well-being in the course of daily medical practice. 


Coach Margaret Moore, MBA
I’m a leader in building the coaching workforce in healthcare, and founder of Wellcoaches Corporation, the first School of Coaching for health professionals and now a global standard-bearer for professional coaches in healthcare and wellness. I’m a 17-year veteran of the biotechnology industry in the US, UK, Canada, and France.

I’m the co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and the co-founder and course director of the annual “Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare” conference delivered by Harvard Medical School. I created and teach the Science of Coaching Psychology course at Harvard University Extension School, and transformational leadership and coaching courses at Harvard Medical School Office of Global Education. I am a co-founder and board member of the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching. I spearheaded the formation of a strategic partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners and am a founding member of the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching. I provide leadership and team coaching to healthcare organizations. 

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: Free       
Non-MMS Member: Free       
Allied Health Professionals: Free



CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Physician Health Services, Inc. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  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.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Exam/Assessment: Please respond to the reflective statement at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

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 & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

Activity Term

Original Release Date: January 24, 2019        
Review Date: N/A     
Termination Date: January 24, 2022

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