Massachusetts Medical Society: Episode 5: Managing Your Energy

Episode 5: Managing Your Energy

Managing Your Energy

Course Overview

After Marie describes her experience with savoring the moment while drinking water — a follow-up activity from the meeting with Dr. Gazelle — Dr. Schwab introduces her to Diana Dill, EdD, who coaches physicians to prevent burnout from feeling stressed and overwhelmed due to unsustainable organizational changes. She points out that people have different stressors and everyone has to assess if they have enough energy to sustain through the day. In the stress management world, energy arousal is measured on a scale of zero to 100; and peak performance can be achieved for two to four hours at a stretch in the mid arousal levels of 40–60. Above 60, one begins to feel frazzled. And at yet higher levels, the body allows only automatic activities, e.g. fight or flight, required for addressing emergency situations. One can, however, modulate the level of arousal energy and bring it in the mid-range periodically with activities such as deep breathing, savoring a moment, etc. that provide a break from sustained high-energy activities. Diana advises Marie to monitor and map out her arousal levels during the course of a day and manage activities both personal and professional using such techniques, enabling herself to think and change the course of action, if and when needed. 

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the stressors that deplete one’s energy on a daily basis and learn to gauge and measure energy and arousal levels during times of relaxation, personal peak performance, and under stress.
  • Identify and evaluate relaxation activities and techniques with the potential to provide relief during demanding and stressful situations that come up in the course of medical practice.   


Diana Dill, EdD
I am a consulting and coaching psychologist, educator, and behavioral health provider with more than 20 years’ experience applying empirically based change principles to clients’ development goals and work problems. I founded Working Together for Health℠ to serve the unique needs of clinicians. Changes in the healthcare environment were challenging my clinician clients, and people in need were having difficulty getting access to high-quality psychological services. Given these trends, I wanted to help bring the benefits of evidence-based psychology to the world of medicine — to both support and relieve front-line clinicians and bring comfort to patients.

I am an ILM Scholar at the Institute for Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where I teach patient-centered counseling skills and stress management for primary care. I am a Founding Member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and I’m on the Research Committee of the National Consortium for Credentialing of Health and Wellness Coaches. I maintain an active cognitive behavioral therapy practice, and, through Working Together Coaching and Consulting℠, help highly trained and innovative individuals, practices, and small businesses address their achievement challenges. I have authored over 20 publications and have presented my work to national and local audiences. I am a core faculty member of the Managing Workplace Conflict: Improving Leadership and Personal Effectiveness course of Physician Health Services, Inc.  

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: January 24, 2021           
Termination Date: January 24, 2022

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