The Becoming: Crafting a Story of You for Resilience and Vitality
Health care professions practitioners, faculty, and trainees are at risk for stress and burnout, which can impact well-being and optimal patient care. Within “The Becoming,” the dynamic lifelong process of professional formation, “3R’s” – Reflection, Relationships, Resourcefulness – can inspire, enrich, and fortify us as we craft our own story for resilience and vitality. Reflective writing-enhanced reflection, in particular, can serve as a “Resiliency Workout” and help us reconnect to our own heart, values, passion, and humanity. Dr. Hedy Wald will discuss how we can effectively serve as our own “reflective coach,” utilizing a “3R toolkit” approach to enhance resiliency and wellbeing for ourselves and our organizations. A partnership of individual skills and workplace factors as a shared commitment for cultivating a sustainable “culture of resilience and wellbeing” will be discussed.
Hedy S. Wald, PhD is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine; Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Director of Resident Resilience/Wellbeing-Residency Programs in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School and Faculty, Harvard Medical School-Global Pediatrics Leadership. Dr. Wald has been recognized with Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Awards, served as a Fulbright Scholar in medical education for Ben Gurion University of Health Sciences, Israel, and is a Gold Humanism Foundation Harvard-Macy Scholar. Dr. Wald has been a Visiting Professor at over 50 healthcare professions schools and healthcare organizations world-wide, presenting on promoting resilience and wellbeing in healthcare professions education and practice as well as on reflective writing-enhanced reflection supporting professional identity formation. Her presentations including a recent plenary for 4,000 health professions educators and administrators in Basel (Association of Medical Education in Europe) are energetic and inspiring. Her creative writing has been published in literary and medical journals and noted by the New York Times.