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Bite-Sized Coping Strategies During Times of Uncertainty

About this event

Emotional exhaustion for physicians and other clinicians was already at an all-time high, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, one in three healthcare professionals has already met the criteria for burnout. 

A crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic is rarely the time to learn new life skills like meditation, yoga, or running daily 5Ks. Of course, if those are honed and practiced skills, now is the time to use them. However, in the absence of such coping tactics, bite-sized tools and strategies that are simple, effective, and evidence-based can help you to regain a sense of purpose and better manage burnout.

Join Dr. Sexton as he discusses perspective, hope, and simple strategies to employ during these tense and unprecedented times.

Who can attend

Registration is limited to ISMIE and SEMPIC policyholders, ISMS members, and their employed staff.

Learning objectives

  1. Identify areas of stress affecting healthcare professionals 
  2. Describe how COVID-19 has amplified burnout in healthcare 
  3. Summarize strategies for managing stress – particularly during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic

About the presenter

J. Bryan Sexton, PhD, has captured the wisdom of frontline caregivers through rigorous assessments of safety culture, teamwork, and workforce resilience. His research instruments have been used around the world in over 3000 hospitals, in 30 countries. His current R01 grant from NIH is a randomized clinical trial of resilience training. 

He has found that results across industries, work settings, shifts, professions, and countries highlight a great deal about reliability in high risk environments – specifically, “you are better off changing the situation, than trying to change human nature.”


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

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