Get the Skills You Need to Distance Yourself From Disruptions

Stop me if you've heard this one before:

An orthopedic surgeon walks into her clinic and starts preparing to drain the fluid from her patient's knee. As she's sterilizing her hands, the practice manager walks up and says: "Hey, do you have a minute to go over these Medicaid codes from last month?" The doctor turns to the manager and says, "Can't this wait until after I'm finished?" And the manager says ….

If you're waiting for a punch line, you're not going to get one because this is no joke: These types of interruptions happen all the time for physicians.

If you want to gain the skills to deal with disruptions like these and/or minimize their occurrences, you're going to want to be part of TMA's Physician Health and Wellness fall conference in October.

Set for Oct. 6–7 at Galveston's Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center, the conference will teach strategies for minimizing disruptions and responding ethically and effectively to patients who exhibit disruptive behavior without jeopardizing professional boundaries. That's even its name: Physician Interrupted: Disruption Comes in Many Forms. Snappy.

Presented by TMA's Committee on Physician Health and Wellness, the conference has been accredited for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 8 of which are designated as ethics and/or professional responsibility education. That's the continuing medical education you can't get enough of (because it's required).

Presentation topics will include: 

  • Disruption Defined and Stress Multiplied,
  • Challenging Patient Encounters, 
  • Hospital Disruptions,
  • Professionalism in Medicine, and
  • Creating and Maintaining Work-Life Balance.

If you're interested in attending, preregistration is strongly recommended. Register online. To request a brochure or for additional information, contact Linda Kuhn at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1342, or (512) 370-1342, or by email

Action, July 17, 2017

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July 17, 2017