Thriving in the Pandemic
Emergency medicine physicians and other health care professionals working on the frontline of the pandemic are facing many difficult decisions from personal to clinical e.g. ventilator rationing, the possibility of becoming ill and infecting our loved ones, seeing our patients’ fears and loneliness and not being able to allow visits etc. Even when we make the best decision, all things considered, there is still a cost. By recognizing these decisions as moral dilemmas and learning ways to talk about them and to work with them, we can avoid moral distress and instead, move together towards moral resilience.
We know from research of previous pandemics (e.g. Ebola) that they can create a legacy of long-term trauma and burn out but this can be avoided with proper support. In our session together, you will learn the definition and nuances of moral distress in the clinical setting so that we have a shared language. If time allows (usually in 2 hour sessions), we will engage in a facilitated council sharing session. You will also learn and practice simple contemplative neuroscience-based techniques to start the process of working with the moral dilemmas in this pandemic and beyond.
Please listen to my interview on EM Pulse podcast for a sample of this content and see here for information about booking one-on-one sessions.
Recent speaking engagements with this content
Kings County/SUNY Downstate Emergency Medicine resident and attending physicians
The Brooklyn Hospital Center Emergency Medicine physicians
Newark Beth Israel Emergency Medicine resident and attending physicians (2 hours)
NYU Emergency Medicine nursing group
COVID Nurses facebook group
Maimonides Emergency Medicine residency grand rounds planned June 10th
Dr. Wendy Lau is an Emergency Medicine physician who trained at Kings County/SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn NY. She finished a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Northwell Health and has worked in emergency departments in New York and Maine. She has a passion for physician wellness and is currently enrolled in a chaplaincy training program at Upaya Zen Center where she now lives and studies Zen Buddhism.
Recently, she has been leading support groups, one-on-one support sessions and giving talks about ways to work with the unique emotional toll of working in the frontline of the pandemic. She strongly believes that having a common language, opening the conversation early and learning basic skills based on contemplative neuroscience can let us move towards resilience and healing.
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Much respect and thank you,