Massachusetts Medical Society: Running on Empty? Physicians' Path to Enjoying Life and Medicine More

Running on Empty? Physicians' Path to Enjoying Life and Medicine More

Running on Empty? Physicians' Path to Enjoying Life and Medicine More

Physician burnout is an epidemic in the United States. More than half of US physicians have measurable symptoms of burnout: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced perception of personal accomplishment. The rates have soared in recent years, and it's worse for physicians in many specialties, particularly internal medicine, critical care, and emergency and family medicine. This course discusses various strategies that work to replenish your internal resources and to handle the challenges of medical practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe physician wellness and burnout and why working toward the first and avoiding the latter are crucial and urgent for you and your colleagues.
  • Identify critical factors and predictors for physician wellness and common obstacles to improving one's approaches to work and life challenges
  • Discuss various strategies that work to replenish your internal resources and to handle the challenges of medical practice.
  • Employ one practice that can improve your day immediately or to enable you to respond more calmly and wisely when you need it most.


Nance Goldstein , PhD and ICF-certified coach, is Resident Scholar at Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center and founder, Working Wisely Group.

She works with physicians and clinicians to tame practice overwhelm, lack of autonomy, and exhaustion with greater skill, patience and wisdom. She also joins physicians in assuming responsibility for leading the uncharted, complex world of healthcare innovation. With her and her research, leadership training and coaching experience, her clients enjoy the ride more.

Her work derives from current medical research and best practices in leadership development.

As an industry economist, the National Science Foundation awarded her and her colleagues a grant and later commissioned her to research the changing environment of working in IT (information technology) and the changes in the location and nature of jobs and skills triggered by IT. Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study named her a Fellow.

As Resident Scholar at Brandeis University WSRC, her research investigates the changing demands on healthcare leaders to guide and manage the work at hospitals and organizations to excel in the future. Leading oneself and others through uncertainty, complexity, innovation and change requires very different, surprising capabilities.

Peer-reviewed journals have published my work - like the  Journal of Medical Internet Research 's Connected Health conference proceedings,  Academy of Management Learning and Education  journal. Her media contributions include New England HR Association's  InsightWITI StrategistBoston Women's Business Newspaper  and  Boston Herald . And online to  Confident Voices in Healthcare  and  Healthcare Collaboration  and other blogs.

The American Medical Women's Association, Case Management Society of New England, Harvard University, Massachusetts Leading Age, Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, Rabb Graduate School of Professional Studies at Brandeis University, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Design, IEEE Boston, New England Human Resources Association, Women In Technology International, Women in Management Conference, Boston Society of Architects and others have raved about her workshops, keynote addresses and webinars. 

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $15.00
Non-MMS Member: $30.00
Allied Health Professionals: $12.00


Slides & Video

CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education 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 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 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

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 , Running on Empty? Physicians Path to Enjoying Life and Medicine More has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Family Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Radiology
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urology

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Original Release Date: March 21, 2017
Review Date: November 18, 2019      
Termination Date:: March 21, 2023

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OSX 10.6 higher 
Most modern browsers including: 
Firefox 18.0+ 
Chrome 26+ 
Safari 5+ 
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) 
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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