TENDING THE FLAME: A Workshop in Innovative Self-Care for Strengthening Resiliency and Finding Joy and Meaning in Work

A Workshop in Innovative Self-Care for Strengthening Resiliency and Finding Joy and Meaning in Work

  • Date: Sunday, April 2 – Tuesday, April 4, 2017
  • Location: Mills Park Hotel
    321 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
  • Reservations (please call to book a room): 937-319-0400
  • Discounted room rate:  $110.00
  • Deadline for discounted room rate is March 1, 2017
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Residency directors or other medical educators in search of a well-tested innovative self-care methods for furthering professional and personal resiliency for residents.

Educators spearheading Physician Well-Being Programs or Well Being Committees in hospitals, hospital systems, physician group practices, or other healthcare organizations.

Residents or Fellows looking for innovative self-care tools for personal or professional resiliency



The fast growing epidemic of compassion fatigue during the professional life cycle of a physician has stimulated the search for etiology and the development of new approaches of prevention and recovery.  Recent research suggests that the capacity to find a personal meaning in your work is highly correlated with professional and personal resiliency and the experience of deep satisfaction in service work. Most residents, fellows, and physicians live far more meaningful lives than they realize. Experiencing the meaning already present in our daily work does not require us to change what we do but to see familiar things in new ways. Often it requires us to transcend our training and bring the perspective of the heart into the center of our professional work. Meaning is a function of the heart and not the mind. The heart is an organ of vision, a perspective that enables us to experience meaning even in the most routine aspects of our work and reignite our calling.

This 2 ½ day workshop will draw on the award winning discovery model methods of RISHI’s national and international educational programs to offer participants the opportunity to discover the power of meaning to transform their experience of their daily work, revitalize their commitment and reinvigorate their service intention. Educators will be trained to offer the program at their sites.

Using reflection, poetry, symbolism, narrative, art, journaling, generous listening and small group sharing Rachel Remen, MD and Evangeline Andarsio, MD will enable workshop participants to revisit their original calling, discover the personal meaning hidden in their daily routine and learn self-help methods for to reclaim and sustain their passion for their profession. Come prepared to remember why you chose your work and recover the deep satisfaction of being a health professional.


Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Founding Director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness; Professor of Family Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine; Founding Director of The Healer’s Art, A national curriculum for Medical Students; bestselling author of KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM and MY GRANDFATHER’S BLESSINGS.

Evangeline C. Andarsio, MD, Director of RISHI, Associate Clinical Professor of OB-GYN at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Director of the National Healer’s Art curriculum for medical students; the Healer’s Art Curriculum at Wright State University.

COST: Includes breakfast and lunch on all days

  • Academic Residency Faculty: $1,040.00
  • Physician Well-Being Educators: $1,040.00
  • Residents and Fellows: $340.00 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A full refund of deposit (less processing fee of $25) will be issued for cancellations 2 weeks prior to the start of the worship – on or BEFORE March 19, 2017. Cancellations after March 19 will forfeit deposit.


Participants will be able to:

  • Implement and evaluate a 20 hour longitudinal innovative transformational curriculum for Residents and Physician Well-Being programs
  • Compare the transformational potential of the discovery model to the traditional cognitive/intellectual educational model in Residency and in traditional CME programs for physicians
  • Learn how to create a safe interactional space for learning and transformation
  • Use reflection and contemplation as major educational tools
  • List the characteristics of a community of inquiry approach to residency education
  • Learn to implement, organize, and run a Finding Meaning in Medicine group for residents
  • Discuss the personal meaning of work with peer professionals
  • Facilitate a small group discovery model discussion
  • Discuss the importance of silence and generous listening in transformational learning for ongoing professional physician formation.


Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WSU designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disabilities Statement

As an organization accredited for continuing medical education (CME), Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act rules and regulations. If any participant is in need of accommodations, written requests should be submitted at least one month in advance.


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