The Program for Distressed Physicians

Course Description:

To register:

The Program for Distressed  Physicians is a three-day CME course (with three additional 1-day follow-up  sessions) developed to address the specific needs of physicians whose workplace  behavior has become problematic. This course combines didactic presentations,  role-play with focused feedback, group feedback from peers and colleagues, plus  review of workplace/family complaints. Participants will receive training in  alternative behaviors and explore cognitive distortions that relate to their  problems. The course will focus on the problems identified by specific  complaints. The solutions are reinforced by role-play, feedback, testing, and  group accountability. This three day course includes  components examining:

  • Teach new skills in the recognition and expression of emotions that lead to disruptive behavior.
  • Provide a syllabus of selected readings and resources for the distressed physician.
  • Teach the range of disruptive behavior.
  • Provide strategies for the prevention of inappropriate behavior.
  • Provide follow-up and support in maintaining behavior changes.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the course based  on feedback from the workplace monitoring system.

Target Audience


Speaker Disclosure

Dr. Martha Brown, Dr. Elizabeth Jenkins & Dr. Karen Nicholson declare that they do not have any financial disclosures.  No one else in a position to control the content of this activity has any financial relationships to disclose.


Upon  the completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  • Know and understand the issues around disruptive behavior and promote prevention treatment of physicians.
  • Discuss healthy boundaries and appropriate expression of emotions among staff colleagues and patients.
  • Identify the risk factors and development of the distressed physician.
  • Understand the socialization of physicians and medical school and residency that contribute to maladaptive behavior patterns.
  • Identify family or origin issues that may contribute to behavior problems.
  • Identify personal risk factors by completing assessment instruments.
  • Identify relapse prevention strategies.

Discuss disruptive behavior from the viewpoint  of staff, patients, colleagues, and administrators.


The University of Florida College of Medicine is  accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to  provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Florida  College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 48.25 AMA  PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit  commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Refund Policy

If you must cancel your registration, the UF CME office will refund your registration fee, less $500.00, provided you notify us 30 days prior to the start of the course. No  refunds will be made after that time. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for justifiable  emergencies. Registration may be transferred to another course date provided the request is made more than 30 days prior to the start of the course you are registered for. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling of this CME activity due to unforeseen circumstances, registration fees will be refunded in full. UF is not responsible for non-transferable, non-refundable airline tickets, or hotel  accommodations purchased in connection with attendance at this CME activity .

Program Agenda

Day One


8:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 Introduction / Welcome, Logistics
9:15 Session 1: Group Exercise, Tension in the Physician’s World.Group discussion about confidentiality, and group process. Participants will discuss why they were referred and establish goals for the course.
10:45 Break
11:00 Becoming a Physician A lecture and discussion about the process involved in  physician training as well as some common personality traits.
12:00 Lunch – provided on site
1:00 Session 3: DVD – Permission to be Human
2:00 Session 4A: The Power of Shame – A  lecture that will focus on the powerful affect of shame and how it influences  behaviors.
2:45 Break
3:00 Session 4B: Family of Origin – Connections Between Past and Present
4:30 Session 4C: Homework: Genogram Exercise, ALTER – Cost of Anger (Chapter 2 – The Anger Control Workbook), and Baugh Relationship Index (BRI)
5:00 Complete evaluation, Adjourn

2  hours evening homework required – Complete Genogram Exercise  ALTER – Read Costs  of Anger – (Chapter 2 in The Anger  Control Workbook), and Baugh Relationship Index (BRI)


Day Two


8:00 Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 Session 5: Group Exercise – Emotional Check-Up Go Around – ALTER/CALM/Costs  of Anger Discussion
9:00 Session 6: Group Exercise – Genogram (includes 15 minute break)
12:00 Lunch – Provided on site
1:00 Session 7: Identifying Specific Triggers & Maintaining Behavior Change
Session 7A: Grounding Skills
Session 7B: Communication Techniques
Session 7C: Role Play
(Includes 15 minute break)
4:30 Session 8: Intend to Change Exercise (Homework Assignment)Intend to Change and  Flooding Exercises (Homework  assignment)Return  Self-Assessment Instruments (FACES II, ACE); Explanations – consent form; CME  credits.
5:00 Emotional Check-Up/ Begin Role-Play Exercise
5:30 Adjourn2 hours  evening homework required – Complete Intend to Change and Flooding Exercises/Review  Self-Assessment Instruments

2 hours homework required

Indend to Change Exercise/Review Flooding, TSI


Day Three


Continental Breakfast Available
Session 9: Group Discussion – Emotional Check-Up Go Around-ALTER/CALM
Session 10: Role Play Exercise – Role-Play Exercise (continued from Day  Two)
Session 11A: Assertiveness II
Session 11B: Relapse Prevention
Working Lunch – Provided on Site
Session 12: Thriving Despite it All: Physician Stress  Management
Session 13: Intend to ChangeWritten Exercise Experiential exercise in which the  participants review three behaviors they wish to change as a result of the  course.
Course Evaluation and Adjourn
Homework required for follow-up group session

*Required 3 Follow-up Group Session TBS

Click here to see Follow-up Group Session Schedules


* Agenda is subject to change

To register:

For more information on this or other programs please call: 352-265-5300 or email Natalie Brown