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Tuesday, November 3 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Giving from an Empty Cup: Stress and Performance in the Medical Profession

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The evidence is quite clear that unmanaged stress leads to detriments in performance, professionally and personally. High rates of burnout, depression, and performance impairments (e.g. decision-making, communication, and surgical errors) make it apparent that both medical practitioners and students need to learn strategies for effectively managing their stress. This presentation provides a novel and innovative model derived from proven techniques utilized by elite athletes for reducing stress and optimizing performance. Interestingly, like elite athletes, physicians and medical students might not like to admit that they are negatively impacted by stress (e.g. for fear of appearing weak or incompetent). However, it is often these attitudes that exacerbate the experience of stress, and subsequent negative outcomes. This talk will guide the practitioner through the evidence on stress and performance, the importance of managing stress, as well as teach the techniques for managing stress to optimize performance in the delivery of lifestyle medicine.

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Erik Gnagy, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas, at Austin
Erik O. Gnagy, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA). Dr. Gnagy is one of a very small and elite group of PGA Professionals... Read More →


Tuesday November 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Track 3 Music City Ballroom

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