AMDA's 2019 Annual Conference

SU3 - General Session III

Mar 10, 2019 8:30am ‐ Mar 10, 2019 11:00am


Anne-Marie Filkin Lecture:

Elder Voices: How Literature Can Help Us Understand Aging

Megan Cole

  • When we encounter a work of art, we open an interior, reflective space for the voices of those who have experienced first-hand what we may not have, yet. And gleaning that experience from art becomes truly crucial when we consider the condition of aging, since we only know what it’s like to be old by becoming old. Literature in particular offers authentic voices that vividly describe what it’s like to be elderly, thus allowing us to be more helpful in our aging world. Megan Cole will speak about the uses of literature in understanding aging and will perform a series of beautiful poems and narratives about this most profound of life’s chapters.

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify several of the uses of literature in understanding aging.
  • Consider some of the personal struggles attached to being elderly.
  • Describe how caregivers can become more understanding of their aging patients.
  • Experience various literary examples of the condition of being elderly.

Closing Keynote:

Beyond Burnout: Practical Solutions to Improve the Work

Lakshman Swamy, MD, MBA

  • Burnout is an increasingly recognized phenomenon in the healthcare workplace. Current research suggests high rates of burnout pervading specialties and professions in medicine, and much of the recent effort to combat burnout has focused on the individual provider. In this session, Dr. Swamy will take a different look at burnout. Rather than focusing solely on the resilience of the individual, he will highlight particular features of the clinical environment that likely contribute to burnout and may be opportunities for improvement. We will discuss focused examples and practical interventions to recognize and reduce workplace stress leading to an improved clinician experience. We are all skilled, caring clinicians and our work should - and can - bring out the best in us.

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of burnout as applied to health care.
  • Approach burnout from a systems perspective.
  • Recognize and develop practical opportunities to improve the local clinical environment.
  • Crowd-source innovation focused on improving your work experience.

Closing Remarks:

Michele Bellantoni, MD, CMD, Annual Conference Planning Subcommittee Chair



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