ACMS Foundation 2023 Vitality Series

Help revive the practice of medicine and explore with us how to help mitigate the effects of mental health stigma, political polarization, and moral injury on our Idaho healthcare workforce. Thanks to our generous sponsors, registration prices for this Continuing Medical Education and transformative series are exceptionally affordable.


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Each Morning Workshop (3 Credits) $10 $25
June 8 / September 7 Dinner Keynotes (1.5 Credits each) $10 $25
Both Events (per topic) $15 $40
May 12 Dinner Keynote (.75 Credit) at the ACMS Annual Membership Meeting  Free Not Eligible


Navigating Moral Injury: Building Bridges from Isolation to Community

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

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.

June 8, 6:30-8:30 PM, Keynote DinnerSt. Luke's Anderson Center, Ada Rooms
Target Audience: ACMS members and active physicians, healthcare workers, policy leaders, healthcare leaders, members of boards of health systems, and members of any health professionals licensing boards.  (1.5 Credits) 

  • Discuss the role that questions about mental health on employment, credentialing, and licensing forms play in prolonging the stigma around mental health access among physicians and healthcare providers.
  • Cite specific actions that boards, credentialers, and physician employers can take to remove barriers to mental health access.

June 9, 8:00 AM-Noon, Workshop, St. Luke's Anderson Center, Ada RoomsBreakfast will be served.
Target Audience: ACMS members and active physicians, healthcare workers, policy leaders, healthcare leaders, members of boards of health systems, and members of boards of health professionals licensing boards. (3.0 Credits)

  • Identify current specific institutions in Idaho whose policies and forms require healthcare clinicians to disclose mental health history in a way that prolongs the stigma around mental health access.
  • Discuss actionable ways to overcome and advocate for change around mental health stigma in healthcare.

Our Coach: Corey Feist, JD, MBA Co-Founder and President, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation

Corey helped launch the Lorna Breen Foundation in 2020, following the much-publicized suicide of his physician sister-in-law during the COVID Pandemic. The Foundation has been a hub for national efforts advancing the well-being of the healthcare workforce including the ALL IN FOR HEALTHCARE campaign. Prior to that, he served as CEO of the University of Virginia Physicians Group, comprised of 1200+ clinicians at UVA Health.

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Depolarizing Conversations in Healthcare

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 feel physically and emotionally threatened and their morale drained. 

September 7, 6:30-8:30 PM, Keynote Dinner, Saint Alphonsus McCleary Auditorium

"Beyond Polarization: Navigating Differences with Respect Rather than Rancor"
Target Audience: ACMS members, active physicians, health professionals, and community members who are concerned about polarization. (1.5 Credits)
  • Discuss the implications of polarization and ways to counteract it.
September 8, 8:00 AM-Noon, Saint Alphonsus McCleary AuditoriumBreakfast will be served.
Managing Clinical Relationships in an Era of Polarization 
Target Audience: ACMS members, active clinicians, and others interested. (3.0 Credits)

  • Describe how polarization and lower social trust in health care are challenging everyday patient care.
  • Demonstrate skills for managing clinical relationships affected by polarization.

Our Coach: Bill Doherty, Ph.D. Co-founder of Braver Angels

Bill is a professor at the University of Minnesota and a psychologist and family therapist with over 40 years of experience in health care. Following the 2016 presidential election, he co-founded the non-partisan Braver Angels, a national organization that designs and presents workshops that teach skills for navigating relationships across political differences in today's polarized society. 

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Utah Medical Association through the joint providership of the UMA Foundation and the Ada County Medical Society Foundation. The UMA Foundation is accredited by the Utah Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UMA Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.