ACMS 2023 Vitality Series



ACMS is delighted to be working in partnership with SW Idaho AHEC's medical education program, SWIDME, on a 9-part monthly series to continue the conversation we started in 2023. Built into their existing fall-winter-spring Grand Rounds CME series (held online on Wednesdays, 8-9 AM MST), these monthly interactive webinars will feature local physician well-being experts who have actually implemented solutions in their own context, be it an independent practice, medical center, or health system. A panel will discuss the topics and invite audience participation. Topics planned for include:

  • October 4, Watch Your Language! Destigmatizing Mental Healthcare for Physicians, Steven Reames, Ada County Medical Society

  • November 1, Selecting a Well-Being Framework for Your Setting, Kris Hartung, St. Luke's Health System

  • December 27, Moving from the Era of Distress to Physician Well-Being 2.0, Mark McConnell, Boise VAMC

  • January 10, Building a System of Peer Supports, Sandy Mudge, MD, Full Circle Health

  • February 14, The Neuroscience of Well-Being, Abhilash Desai, MD, Idaho Memory and Aging Center

  • March 13, No Physician Left Behind: Supporting and Intervening with Impaired Physicians

  • April 10, Recovering Professional Value for Physicians, Deb Roman, DO, Finding Health

  • May 8, Wellness Centered Leadership, Katie Schneider, MD, St. Luke’s Provider Well Being Center of Excellence

To attend, you must be a SWIDME Member to attend for the low price of $100 for individual memberships. Membership provides you with up to 30 hours of CME through the Grand Round Series and free access to other educational offerings of SWIDME.  Visit SWIDME's Grand Rounds event page for more information. Group discounts are available.

Navigating Moral Injury: Building Bridges from Isolation to Community (Held May 2023)

Moral injury describes the damage to our moral compass and sense of self when the situation leaves us to make decisions that run against our values or moral beliefs. We might not recognize ourselves as morally injured, but we feel it, and it rarely feels good. We’re exhausted or cranky or sick to our stomach or emotionally vacant. We feel alone and at a loss of control, maybe even like strangers when we look in the mirror. Can we create spaces for more authentic discussions about these experiences and give voice to moments that aren't always easy to understand?


Healing Healthcare Together: Erasing Mental Health Stigma (Held June 2023)

In the name of public safety, physicians have long been asked to disclose personal mental health challenges on medical licensing applications, credentialing forms, and medical staff applications. Even though they are outlawed by Federal ADA laws, research has shown the questions increase the stigma around seeking care and do not necessarily enhance patient care. In 2018, the Federation of State Medical Boards recommended that these types of questions need to be modernized or eliminated altogether.


For the past few years, and further amplified by COVID, healthcare provision has become increasingly polarized in the context of the national and local political scene. Physicians are no longer held by many as medical experts and clinical advice is frequently ignored by longtime patients. Many find themselves in the crosshairs of political division and activism, some to the point of feeling physically and emotionally threatened and their morale drained. 

September 7 Keynote


September 8 Workshop | Workshop Handout

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