According to The American Meditation Institute (AMI) founder Leonard Perlmutter, Yoga Science techniques known to relieve and prevent common physician burnout symptoms, will be taught at the 11th annual CME conference for physicians and other health care providers. Taking place October 22-26, 2019, at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Heart and Science of Yoga comprehensive training in Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine is accredited through the American Medical Association and American Nurses Association.
A May 2019, article in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that physician burnout symptoms are currently costing the U. S. economy $4.6 billion annually. "Everybody who goes into medicine knows that it's a stressful career and that it's a lot of hard work," says Lotte Dyrbye, a physician and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who co-authored the study.
Acknowledging the current national crisis in medicine, Leonard Perlmutter says, “Physicians and other healthcare providers can learn practical strategies – such as AMI MEDITATION and its allied disciplines – to transform their stress into creativity and strength.” Then he adds, The ‘Heart and Science of Yoga’ curriculum represents the world’s oldest and most effective holistic mind/body medicine to relieve and prevent burnout, heal disease, manage addictive habits, alleviate stress and inflammation, and balance life-work responsibilities.”
In support of The American Meditation Institute’s continuing medical education accreditation for physicians (through the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association), AMI conducted a 2009 retrospective case study of participants who completed Leonard Perlmutter’s “Heart and Science of Yoga” curriculum. The findings included these positive, reproducible, long-term health-promoting changes: significant reductions in stress and fear, decreased anxiety and depression, lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, improved restorative sleep, improved energy levels, increased creative capacity, diminishment of migraine headaches, elimination of irritable bowel syndrome, enhanced happiness and optimism, reduced cholesterol levels, diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain, weight loss and increased breathing capacity.
Upon completion of this 31-credit CME conference, all participants will be able to: 1. Demonstrate knowledge of how Yoga Science as mind/body medicine can help heal disease, manage addictive habits, alleviate stress, inflammation and physician burnout; 2. Develop equanimity, discrimination, will power, creativity and energy with a daily practice of AMI MEDITATION & diaphragmatic breathing; 3. Incorporate long-term strategies for healthy lifestyle choices using Yoga Psychology; 4. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of both Ayurveda and Epigenetics; 5. Utilize Yoga Science practices to transform trauma and increase resilience; 6. Utilize Food as Medicine to maximize personal wellbeing; 7. Demonstrate knowledge of the research and therapeutic modalities of yoga and meditation as mind/body medicine; 8. Reimagine a medical practice that incorporates Yoga Science tools; 9. Recognize the physiological benefits of Easy-Gentle Yoga, and identify and disable chronic pain mechanisms for improved exercise, health and pain relief; 10. Help themselves and their patients reduce conditioned habits of negative thinking and other symptoms of burnout through the healing powers of AMI MEDITATION and mantra science; 11. Use Chakra Psychology (subtle emotional/mental causes of stress) to assist in diagnosing and treating dis-ease; 12. Recognize how AMI MEDITATION and meditation-in-action change neural pathways in the brain to help manage pain and increase creativity; 13. Identify altered pathways in the brain due to stress or trauma, and recognize the capacity of Yoga Science and AMI MEDITATION to assist brain chemistryand circuitry to heal and rebuild itself; and 14. Use the tools of Yoga Science to create a personal and medical culture of health and wellbeing.
The dedication, enthusiasm, and teaching methodology of the entire AMI faculty create a dynamic and interactive course for their students. Each faculty member is committed to the advancement and training of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. This year’s faculty includes Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder and conference director; Dr. Robert Schneider MD, dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University; Anthony Santilli MD, board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, and assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote, MD, medical director of the Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center; Susan Lord MD, a private practice holistic physician focusing on prevention and treatment, and former course director for the The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s “Food As Medicine” program in Washington, DC; Jesse Ritvo MD, assistant medical director, Inpatient Psychiatry, University of Vermont Health Center; Joshua Zamer, MD, medical director for Addiction Medicine at Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center and chairman of the Department of Family Practice; Anita Burock-Stotts, MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Kristin Kaelber MD, PhD, board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Janine Pardo MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD, chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee; Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, faculty member of The American Meditation Institute; and Lee Albert, NMT, acclaimed neuromuscular therapist and gentle yoga instructor.
According to Karenga Lemmons MD, a 2017 conference attendee and Internal Medicine physician, “This is the only CME course I’ve ever attended that reminds me that in order to be a better doctor I need to take care of myself.”