The month of September comes with some excitement and some alarm. It’s time for our kids and grandkids to go back to school and that can bring a bit of relief and calm for the moment. Yet all too soon the routines start again; visits to college, homework after dinner or soccer matches at the stadium. I don’t even want to think about the arrival of the cold weather. And just like that, all those calming thoughts go out the window. September at home.
For some of us, September may bring the calm to our offices after the frenzy of school physicals and crazy outdoor accidents that summer can bring. Then before you know it, we’re hit with the soccer injuries, the concussion protocols or the sinus infections. I don’t even want to talk about Medicare, MACRA or the ACA. Those moments of calm are too few and too short, especially for physicians.
The Kane and McHenry Medical Societies understand your frustration with stress and burnout. It affects your work life and it affects your personal life. Join us for a few hours of calm at our Physician Wellness Retreat: Being of Sound Mind and Body on Saturday, October 22nd. Not only will you enjoy the quiet of being away from your home or office, but you will learn techniques for stress relief, recognize if you or someone you know has signs or symptoms of burnout, or just come and talk with other physicians about work/life balance situations. You will learn strategies that you can bring back to your home and office. Your significant other is welcome to join you, as well as any of your practices' allied health professionals, so they too can learn about stress relief. Here’s another calming note, you will receive 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
There is no need to travel far from home for continuing education credits and an excellent program including outstanding medical speakers. The Q Center in St. Charles offers a tranquil setting for finding a few hours away from your hectic schedule. Be sure to head to town afterwards for a delicious lunch at one of many fine restaurants or take a leisurely walk along the river. You can register right now by clicking onwww.kcmsdocs.org. I hope you will join me and our fellow colleagues for some well-deserved calm. It will be just what the doctor ordered.
Andrew Ward, MD