Coronavirus: Free burnout webinar tonight

Keith A. Reynolds

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the U.S., the impact it has had on those health care workers on the frontlines has only grown.

The MJH Life Sciences COVID-19 Coalition, a group of key thought leaders and experts, will discuss some of the key causes of burnout, stress, and anxiety in a free webinar at 5 pm. EST tonight. The webinar, “Care for the Caregiver: Avoiding Burnout, Anxiety, and Stress on the COVID-19 Frontlines,” will feature important conversations about the challenges of providing health care during a pandemic as well as some coping strategies.

Sign up here for the FREE webinar.

A recent study from The Joint Commission found that the recent major causes of burnout in health care professionals include fear of the unknown due to contradictory information about the disease, fear of getting sick due to personal protective equipment shortages, and fear of bring the virus home.

Springing from MJH’s mission to improve quality of life through healthcare communications, education, and research, the MJH Life Sciences COVID-19 Coalition was formed to help keep healthcare professionals up-to-date and informed on the science and latest learnings on COVID-19.

The panel for this webinar will be:

  • Moderator Rachna Kalia, MD: Assistant professor of psychiatry with KU School of Medicine-Wichita, and clinical director of their consultation-liaison group working at Ascension Via Christi hospitals in the area. She sits on various committees in the department and school, as well as serves as clinician leader on several organizational matters within Ascension Via Christi system, pertinent to mental health, including COVID care. She leads the residency program’s QI conference series, and has been invited by local nursing home organizations, hospital systems and universities to present on complex topics such as delirium, managing aggression/violence in hospitals and nursing homes, impact of social media on mental health.
  • Matthew Sinnwell, MD, FACEP: A board-certified emergency medicine physician and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine. He serves as medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Vituity at Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa Hospital and Rock Regional Hospital. For the past decade, he has been practicing clinically and administratively in the Wichita, Kansas area. Sinnwell has been working on the frontlines in four emergency departments throughout the pandemic taking care of all-comers and emergencies including numerous patients and families suffering from COVID-19.
  • Mariya Rampurwala, MD: A board-certified internal medicine physician practicing as a hospitalist for the past 12 years, she trained in internal medicine at Indiana University. She started her career in a semi-academic setting at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. She has worked with medical students and internal medicine and family medicine residents during this time. She currently works as a hospitalist with “Best Practices Inpatient Care” which is one of the largest private hospitalist groups in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. They are affiliated with Advocate Aurora Health System which is one of the leading health systems in Illinois.