2024 Physician Wellness Symposium

2024 Physician Wellness Symposium


Friday, Sept. 6, 2024 (Convention weekend)


Registration: 8:30 a.m. ET
Symposium: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Reception: 4 - 5 p.m. ET

: Embassy Suites, 6089 Clarks Creek Road, Plainfield, IN

Fee (includes lunch, reception, and CME credit where applicable):

Physician members: $50
Physician nonmembers: $100
Resident/student members: $25

This registration is for attending the symposium only. To register for the 175th Annual Convention and reserve a hotel room, register here.


Join us for an inspiring and educational discussion at our inaugural Physician Wellness Symposium. In the demanding landscape of health care, it's easy for physicians to prioritize patient care over their own mental, emotional, and physical health. This symposium is designed to empower physicians and healthcare organizations with practical tools, insights, and strategies to cultivate resilience, find balance, and rediscover the joy in their noble profession. This program will include a special session focusing on addressing physician wellness within the organization by hosting an interactive panel discussion with physician wellness leaders across the state who are actively engaged in creating supportive work environments within their institutions.


In 2020, the Indianapolis Colts and the Jim Irsay family launched "Kicking the Stigma," an initiative to raise awareness about mental health and removed the stigma often associated with mental health disorders. 

Physicians and professional athletes are both held to certain higher standards by the public (athletes) and patients (physicians). Concern about professional reputation and potential career implications can deter them from addressing their mental health issues.  Kicking the Stigma campaign is twofold: Raising awareness about the prevalence of mental health disorders in our communities and raising and distributing funds to nonprofits and other organizations to expand treatment and research in Indiana and beyond.  Kicking the Stigma Director Brett Kramer will lead the presentation.



Robert J. Waldinger, MD
Writer, Speaker, Professor, Physician                   


Dr. Waldinger is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest scientific study of happiness ever conducted. Among his many works, Dr. Waldinger is the author of “The Good Life,” which examines the central role of relationships in shaping our health and well-being. Symposium attendees will receive a copy of "The Good Life," and a book signing will follow Dr. Waldinger's presentation. 




Using the Arts and Humanities as a Tool for Self-Care and Cultural Change within Health Care


Expressive arts, such as visual arts, movement, drama, music, and writing, foster deep personal growth and community development. Expressive art therapy allows users to laugh, let go, and relax, which helps decrease depression, anxiety, and stress.  The benefits of art extend across any medium that excites you.  In this session, led by Jeffrey M. Rothenberg, MD, you’ll learn how art can be a powerful tool for self-care and your mental health.


Jeffrey M. Rothenberg, MD, MS
Chief Medical Officer, Executive Director for Medical Education
Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital


Dr. Rothenberg is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as a diplomate of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology for whom he serves as the District 5 Chairman. He has received numerous national honors and awards and is still a practicing OB-GYN.  Dr. Rothenburg is also an accomplished glass artist, working internationally in public and private collections. His educational passion is the integration of the arts and humanities into medical education, specifically as a tool for self-help and reflection and an opportunity for advancing interprofessional communication.



While the day’s full schedule is still being finalized, the following provides you with a snapshot of the activities being planned. 


Friday, Sept. 6

Registration and Visit Exhibit Hall


Welcome Address

  • ISMA President, David Diaz, MD


Opening Session

  • Colts “Kicking the Stigma” Campaign


Keynote Address

  • Robert Waldinger, MD


Plenary Session

  • Jeffrey Rothenberg, MD



  • Lunch
  • Networking
  • Visit Exhibit Hall


Afternoon Session

  • Creating Supportive Work Environments


Physician Wellness Leadership Panel Discussion


Table Talk Discussion


Closing Remarks


Reception and Visit Exhibit Hall

If you have questions, contact ISMA Continuing Medical Education staff at 800-257-4762 or seminars@ismanet.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sept. 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET

9/6/2024 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Embassy Suites 6089 Clarks Creek Road Plainfield, IN 46168 UNITED STATES