Rediscovering Meaning in Our Work

a conference for physicians

September 28 - 29, 2018

JUMP Contemporary Conference Center

Boise, Idaho


National studies highlight a significant and increasing decline in physician health, well-being and enthusiasm for professional work - largely in response to increased healthcare system restraints and demands.

Most physicians deal with professional frustrations and challenges on their own, but research has shown distinct benefits when physicians:


Connect with peers

     Explore ways to cultivate well being 

          Advocate for healthcare system change

               Engage in meaningful work



A Community-Wide Healthcare Event

Host: Idaho Osteopathic Physicians Association  


Gold:  St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center,  Ada County Medical Society 

SilverPrimary Health Medical Group,  Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Blue Cross of Idaho

Bronze:  Assured Direct Care    

 Our Host and Sponsorship Page:  click here


At our 2018 conference, we included opportunities for physicians and senior healthcare system executives to meet and explore ways to work together to transform our healthcare system so physicians can provide exceptional, compassionate patient care with vitality and enthusiasm.

A unique opportunity to work closely with clinicians and researchers who are recognized internationally for their work:

Dr. Colin West - Professor of Medicine, Medical Education, and Biostatistics, Mayo Clinic

Dr. West, Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Program on Physician Well-Being, joined us to share his work with Dr. Tait Shanafelt and Dr. Lotte Dyrbye documenting the drivers and consequences of physician distress, as well as emerging research on solutions. 

He provided updates on successful and progressive nationwide initiatives to prioritize and enhance physician well-being and lead several workshops during the conference to identify actionable approaches at individual, organizational and system levels.


Dr. Mick Krasner - Professor of Clinical Medicine, Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Krasner shared research on mindful practice, narrative medicine and appreciative inquiry.  He explored ways to utilize these practices to increase physician well being, enhance our relationships in medicine and promote collaborative organizational change.


Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas - Science Director of Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Simon-Thomas shared cutting-edge research on empathy, compassion and gratitude. She also explored the science that connects collaborative relationships, social affiliation and caregiving to both individual and organizational health.


  • Small group discussions, workshops and interactive presentations

  • Ample opportunities for relaxed conversation

  • Time to explore movement, music and art

  • Forums for discussion with healthcare system executives

CME : up to 16 Category 1-A CME credits awarded to physicians

Flyer:  please click here

Questions: Please contact Deb Roman, Founder of Rediscovering Meaning In Our Work and Conference Director


Conference Program


Friday, September 28th: 

Physician Health and Well-Being: what are the issues?

Cultivating Well Being: insights from neuroscience

Mindful Medical Practice: enhancing awareness and engagement

Relationship-Centered Medicine:  strengthening collaboration

Our evening event included a facilitated discussion, a casual dinner, Joe Young on sax and ethnic flutes and a performance by the Idaho Dance Theater on the rooftop terrace at JUMP overlooking Boise and the foothills.


Saturday, September 29th

The Science of Empathy, Compassion and Gratitude

Transforming Healthcare Practice: identifying resources and opportunities

Enlightened Leadership: advocating for system and cultural change

Evolution of the Art of Medicine:  creativity and innovation


A detailed program is posted here.


Conference participants developed their ability to:

enhance their health and well being

prevent and decrease professional burnout

promote productive, collaborative healthcare system changes

provide exceptional, compassionate patient care

engage in meaningful work



In 2018, ACMS and IOPA co-sponsored Dr. Colin West's visit.  Dr. West was a key speaker for the 2018 Rediscovering Meaning In Our Work conference and also presented a lecture at the ACMS Physician Vitality Dinner Lecture Series on September 27th.  For more information on the dinner series, please visit:



We welcomed sponsors committed to enhancing physician well being.  We offered our sponsors the opportunity to invite physicians to participate in the conference and bring cutting-edge research and practices back to their organizations. If you would like to participate as a sponsor at future events, please contact Deb Roman.