Event Details
Event Type: Webinar

October 17, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm
At your computer/device
Al'ai Alvarez

Event Registration

Overcoming Self-Judgment with Self-Compassion

Emergency Medicine is one of the most stressful jobs out there. Emergency physicians must routinely make split-second decisions based on limited information, switch tasks from one adverse scenario to another, and field constant distractions and interruptions, often on insufficient sleep. The emotional impact of medical errors and vicarious trauma has been compared to developing post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fortunately, studies have shown that cultivating self-compassion can help emergency physicians mitigate the negative impacts of stress and prevent burnout. While not all of us work in the emergency room, the lessons learned from the front lines can help everyone face the stressors they encounter in their own lives.

In this noontime webinar, we will explore the science behind compassion and how it can foster a culture of caring in medicine and beyond. While we have no control over many of the stressors in our lives, how we respond to them affects our outlook and well-being. Everyone, including those outside of healthcare, can benefit from these practical strategies on managing stress, aiding recovery, and dealing with the residue of trauma.

This class will be recorded and a temporary link to the recording will be shared with all registered participants, which will be active for one week. Stanford University benefits-eligible employees must attend the live session in order to receive BeWell incentive points.

Instructor: Al’ai Alvarez, MD, is a clinical associate professor and director of well-being at Stanford Emergency Medicine. He co-leads the Human Potential Team and is chair of Stanford WellMD’s Physician Wellness Forum. His work focuses on humanizing physician roles as individuals and teams by harnessing our individual human potential in the context of high-performance teams.

Class details are subject to change.