Martha E. Brown



The Program for Distressed Physicians



          For a printable version of the 2019 brochure: Distressed Physicians


   2019 Course Dates

Please click on the date of the course you wish to register for.


March 27, 28 & 29, 2019            (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

     Follow up dates  05/03/2019, 06/28/2019 & 09/27/2019

May 16, 17 & 18, 2019               (Thursday, Friday & Saturday)

     Follow up dates 06/14/2019, 08/16/2019 & 11/15/2019

June 26, 27 & 28, 2019               (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

     Follow up dates 07/26/2019, 09/27/2019 & 01/03/2020

August 14, 15 & 16, 2019           (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

     Follow up dates 09/13/2019, 11/22/2019 & 02/21/2020

October 9, 10 & 11, 2019            (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

     Follow up dates 11/15/2019, 01/10/2020 & 04/10/2020

November 20, 21 & 22, 2019     (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

     Follow up dates 12/13/2019, 02/28/2020 & 05/29/2020



Course Description: (Scroll Down for Course Schedule)

Distressed Physicians

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 (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 47.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Refund Policy

The cost of this course is $4,750.00 and includes the initial three days, the three one day follow up sessions, all course materials and breakfast and lunch each day.  Travel and accomodations are not included.

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

Session 7: Identifying Specific Triggers & Maintaining Behavior Change

  Session 7A: Grounding Skills
  Session 7B: Communication Techniques
  Session 7C: Role Play
  (Includes 15 minute break)

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; VUMC Notice of Privacy Practices.
5:00 Emotional Check-Up/ Begin Role-Play Exercise


2 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


8:00 Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 Session 9: Group Discussion - Emotional Check-Up Go Around-ALTER/CALM
9:00 Session 10: Role Play Exercise - Role-Play Exercise (continued from Day Two)
11:00 Session 11A: Assertiveness II
  Session 11B: Relapse Prevention
12:00 Working Lunch - Provided on Site
  Session 12: Thriving Despite it All: Physician Stress Management
1:00 Session 13: Intend to Change

Written Exercise - Experiential exercise in which the participants review three behaviors they wish to change as a result of the course.

3:30 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

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