Opening of the Society’s 2017 Annual Conference Mary Evans, MD, CMD, Annual Conference Planning Subcommittee Chair; Christopher Laxton, CAE, Society Executive Director; Susan Levy, MD, CMD, Society President
Award Presentations: Medical Director of the Year Award James Pattee Excellence in Education Award William Dodd Founder’s Award AMDA Foundation Update and Quality Improvement Awards Paul Katz, MD, CMD, Society’s Foundation Chair
American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) Update Thomas Edmondson, MD, CMD, ABPLM Chair
Keynote Address The Wins of Change Peter Hanson, MD
Today, the only constant in our life is change. Our innate reflexes of “fight and flight” have no use when we are sitting at a desk or in traffic. Our learned strategies of rote memorization no longer apply to the internet world. Modern medicine has made some truly amazing advances, but none of them can actively correct the dangers that passive lifestyle choices bring. Using insights from his best-seller “The Joy of Stress,” Dr. Hanson provides an entertaining and vital perspective on the importance of changing our paradigms to match the changing challenges we face.
Peter Hanson, MD, was born in Vancouver, B.C. His aptitudes as a public speaker surfaced early; he was performing regular comedy monologues on live television by the age of 14. But his career had serious objectives, and he graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School at the age of 24. He worked for 3 years as an emergency room physician, before opening his family practice. He delivered over 1,000 babies, made over 5,000 house calls, and saw the effects of stress on all of his patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics. While most of his patients blamed stress for their medical and personal problems, he was inspired by the few who had the same stress levels, but with opposite outcomes. These people had demanding stresses at work and sometimes tragic stresses in their personal lives. But, with a different set of choices than their peers, were able to prosper at work, and live long, healthy lives. It was from these patients that he realized that good health did not depend on an individual’s quantity of stress, but rather on the quality of choices being made. This formed the basis for his international bestseller, “The Joy of Stress.” During that time, he also served as a team doctor for the Denver Broncos, and the NHL’s LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC, where he specializes in sports medicine and drug-free pain management with trigger point microdissections.
Identify the strengths and limitations of our primitive stress responses.
Identify the strengths and limitations of our learned stress responses.
Describe how to easily change habits, to avoid dangerous consequences of modern stress.
Demonstrate active control of our choices, with resulting improvement in our work and our personal lives.