This activity discusses the importance of actively initiating and maintaining work-life balance, utilizing the evolving science of happiness. It reviews the importance of identifying personal core values congruent with prioritizing life activities and provides action steps that may lead to improved patient outcomes and a more balanced life. The activity also addresses the ethical consequences of imbalance and describes virtues that can contribute to happiness and well-being.
Release Date: Jan. 29, 2016
Expiration Date: March 17, 2019
Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties
Upon completion of this activity, physicians should be able to:
1. Explain the unique nature of work-life balance for each individual.
2. Describe risk factors for physicians that lead to imbalance and potential ethical violations.
3. Recognize that happiness is achievable.
4. Summarize historical aspects regarding the science of happiness.
5. Explain elements of the evolving science of happiness.
6. Identify misconceptions regarding happiness.
7. Recognize that they must actively initiate and maintain balance in their lives.
8. Devise a plan to tailor the balancing process to their individual circumstances.
9. Assess the importance of identifying personal core values congruent with prioritizing life activities.
10. List virtues that can contribute to happiness and well-being.
11. Apply virtues of happiness to improve their professional and personal lives, and the lives of their patients.
12. Recognize that a more balanced life may improve patient care and safety.
13. Identify personal, professional, and ethical consequences of an imbalanced life.
14. Recognize that happiness augments ethical behavior.
The participant is required to read the course in its entirety and complete an online test and course evaluation.
Registration fees are not refundable.