Enrollment is closed.
Instructors: Michele Gaspar, DVM, MA
Katherine James, DVM, PhD
ALTM301-0915: The Other Side of Veterinary Medicine: Healthy Clinicians Make Better Practitioners Module I
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.
Bree Montana, DVM
Gwendolyn Jeun, DVM
September 16-October 17, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Wednesdays, September 23, 30 and October 7; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area:
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In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the
CE Practice Area
*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course is open to those with a desire to learn new ways
of increasing one's physical and psychosocial health, as well as that of the veterinary hospital team.
There are no academic requirements.
Participants should be sufficiently committed to improving body/mind health, so that they
actively engage in assigned readings, classroom discussions, and on the course message boards.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff.
This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
The first of two modules in this unique and ground-breaking course that
contains topics not traditionally covered in veterinary curriculums or
other continuing education offerings. The course, which features a number
of instructors from disciplines outside of veterinary medicine, is designed
to help clinicians, from new graduates to those about to enter retirement,
learn how to take better care of themselves physically and emotionally.
It blends information from a variety of disciplines, including human nutrition,
sleep and exercise physiology, psychology and other social sciences into
a unified whole. The course premise is that healthy clinicians are better
able to provide excellent patient care and client service. While it is not
a substitute for personal medical care or psychotherapy, the course seeks
to enhance information and insight and provide new perspectives and
recommendations on issues common to clinical practice. These include
compassion fatigue, burnout, isolationism, perfectionism, working with
chronic illnesses and death of patients, client engagement and loss of control.
Those taking this course can look forward to being intellectually challenged
in exciting ways and develop new tools for dealing with physical
and psychosocial stressors.
This course consists of three (3) 2-hour Real Time Sessions,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Understand the physiology of sleep and develop better sleep hygiene,
using new information from sleep science.
- Better utilize food selection and nutritional information to enhance
well-being and support a healthy lifestyle.
- Know how to move more efficiently during the course of the clinical day,
to avoid injuries and maintain good posture; be able to use breath work
and movement to counteract stress and fatigue.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
Each instructor will provide a reading list that will be available online for participants.
The reading list should be completed in advance of each week's Real Time Session.
About the Instructors:
Dr. Michele Gaspar
is a VIN consultant (Feline Internal Medicine Folder)
and has a Master's in pastoral counseling from Loyola University / Chicago. She has had
a personal mindfulness meditation practice for 13 years and completed the certificate
program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy
in Newton, MA. She is a member of Ancient Dragon Gate Zen Center in Chicago. Michele is
currently completing the two-year certificate program in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy
through the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and is a part-time staff therapist at the
C. G. Jung Center in Evanston, Illinois. Her interests include the use of meditation as
an antidote to professional burnout, compassion fatigue and stress. Michele has lectured
on mindfulness meditation to veterinarians, veterinary support staff, and shelter personnel.
Dr. Katherine James
is a VIN consultant (Urology and Nephrology) and
has a PhD in veterinary medicine with a focus on nutrition in chronic kidney disease
from the University of Minnesota. She is a self-proclaimed sleep and nutrition geek.
Her special interests are in the application of functional medicine principles to veterinary
medicine and the study of clinical reasoning/cognitive errors in medical practice.
She has personal experience with polysomnographic sleep studies, cognitive behavioral
therapy for insomnia, and oral appliance and CPAP therapies for obstructive sleep apnea.
Her ongoing interests in nutrition include nutrigenomics, the examination of nutritional
wisdom and myths with science, and the development of personalized nutrition to
let "food be thy medicine."
Dr. Gwendolyn Jeun
is graduate of Ontario Veterinary College, University
of Guelph and is currently an associate veterinarian at the Emeryville Animal Hospital in
Ontario, Canada and a registered Yoga teacher who combines her two passions in her blog
called Downward Dog DVM-Just a small animal vet trying to live her yoga
Dr. Bree Montana
is a small animal practice owner in North Lake Tahoe,
California. After paying her way through undergrad and vet school teaching fitness
classes, master classes, and personal training, she reduced her fitness training
classes schedule and continued teaching due to her love of movement and teaching.
Currently, Bree rides (dressage), mountain bikes, hikes, snowboards, skis, and fences
(foil and sabre) practices yoga for entertainment and to combat the stressful aspects
of being a Mom, Wife, and working Practice Owner (en garde!) She is also the coordinator
for the Vets4Vets & Vets In Recovery programs available through the VIN Foundation
(http://www.vinfoundation.org/) which is dedicated to helping veterinary professionals
navigate the challenges of their careers in order to foster a healthier animal community.
(Real Time Session September 23, 2015):
Instructor(s): Kathy James, DVM
- Mechanisms of circadian rhythms of the body and the cells
- Consequences of disrupted circadian rhythms
- Behaviors that improve your circadian rhythms
- Biological need for sleep
- Consequences of sleep deficiency
- Control of the sleep cycle including sleep pressure, wake pressure and melatonin
- Characterization, diagnosis and therapy of common sleep disorders
- Sleep hacking
(Real Time Session September 30, 2015):
Instructor(s): Kathy James, DVM
- Take care of yourself so you can take care of others
- Nutrition as a journey
- The importance of being a nutrivore: you are what you eatů..and what you eat ate
(you can't exercise your way out of a bad diet)
- Let food be your medicine- using nutrition to heal disease
- Busting common myths
- Is gluten really bad for everyone? Epidemiology, testing and the science so far
- Artificial sweeteners
- Is fructose the problem? The work of Robert Lustig
- Elimination diets
(Real Time Session October 7,2015):
Twist and Shout: tips for mindful body movement through ergonomics and yoga
Instructor(s): Bree Montana, DVM and Gwen Jeun, DVM
CE Credits: 6
- Ergonomic improvements allow you to work smarter, not harder.
- Simple, Inexpensive changes allow your staff to work more comfortably and effectively.
- Learn to use optimal biomechanics throughout your workday.
- Find the aspects of your workday that aren't working for your body,
and brainstorm solutions that allow you to head home without back,
foot, or neck pain.
- Yoga is for everyone.
- Learn simple poses, with proper alignment, to help your posture.
- Find calmness through yogic breathing techniques.
- Get resources that will help you do yoga at home.
Member $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by September 2, 2015)
Non-Member $211 ($190 early bird special if enrolled by September 2, 2015)
Enroll in both of
The Other Side of Veterinary Medicine: Healthy Clinicians Make Better Practitioners
modules (ALTM301-0915 and ALTM302-1015) by September 23, 2015 to receive a discounted enrollment
fee for the two courses:
Member $321 Non-Member $497
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close on September 23, 2015 at 5 pm ET (USA)
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
Enrollment is closed.
- Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to
VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course
must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a
VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants;
personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration.
To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll
for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 6 continuing education credits in jurisdictions
which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some
boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or
restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education."
Call VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy:
A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.
*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VIN Course Catalog
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
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