By Adrean Angga Meliala
“Physician distress is common and related to numerous factors involving physicians’ personal and professional lives. Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program teaches self-care practices that help buffer daily stress, making participants less emotionally and physically vulnerable to it. This program is designed to help participants regain control and build resilience through a variety of mind body principles and self-care interventions, leading to reduced medical symptoms and enhanced quality of life.”
Program Overview :
This program combines the advantages of a skill-building, hands-on classroom model with the proven benefits of a social support model. Components of the program include:
- Three individual appointments
- Eight weekly two-hour group sessions
- Two Relaxation Response practice CDs
During the interactive group sessions participants build resiliency by:
- Learning multiple ways to elicit the relaxation response (the body’s natural buffer against the stress response)
- Increasing awareness of stress warning signals so steps can be taken to prevent stress from building up to dangerous levels
- Incorporating a variety of adaptive strategies into their lives that have been shown to reduce stress and enhance quality of life.
Sood, Amit, et al. “Stress management and resilience training among Department of Medicine faculty: a pilot randomized clinical trial.” Journal of general internal medicine 26.8 (2011): 858-861.