Research Medical Center June 14, 2017

WHO: Symposium sponsored and presented by The Research Foundation, Bixby Institute, Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society and in partnership with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Research Medical Center

WHAT: The Healing Art of Medicine: A Better Me for a Better You

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, June 23; 8:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24

WHERE: June 23: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64111

June 24: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110

WHY: Medical professionals throughout the region are invited to attend a major symposium focused on the work-life balance of medical professionals. The two-day event, which will address ways to improve career satisfaction, avoid burnout and, ultimately, improve the patient experience, will include esteemed faculty: Suman Kambhampati, M.D., Midwest Oncology Associates/Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Research Medical Center; Sami Mansfield, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health; Lisa Pinsker, M.A., Mindfulness-Matters; Peter Van Veldhuizen, M.D., Midwest Oncology Associates/Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Research Medical Center; and fine artist Peter Warren.

“In today’s fast-paced and demanding healthcare environment, there is a significant need for education and open discussions on ways to improve career satisfaction,” Van Veldhuizen says. “This symposium, through its speakers and also the thought-provoking film, will provide an important reminder to healthcare professionals that it is only through taking the very best care of ourselves that we ultimately provide the very best care to our patients. It’s an opportunity to personally refresh and reenergize.”

Van Veldhuizen, a renowned leader in Genitourinary Medical Oncology, or the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the male urinary and genital tracts, has decades of experience of working in the healthcare field.

“When I first saw a screening of ‘Patient: A Surgeon’s Journey,’ I was struck by how the film’s messages highlight something  so many of us in the caring professional miss while we’re busy taking care of our patients: it’s essential to address our health and well-being in order to be the best we can be for those we’re treating,” Van Veldhuizen says. “I’m convinced the takeaways from the film and the practical tips and ideas from my colleagues during the Healing Art of Medicine symposium will resonate with attendees, no matter how long they’ve been a physician, nurse or allied health professional.”

Attendance for the June 23 and 24 sessions of Healing Art of Medicine: A Better Me for a Better You, is limited. If interested, immediate registration is encouraged by visiting info@theresearchfoundation.org or by calling (816) 276-4218.

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