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VIN CE Course ALTM330-0317: Towards a Sustainable Clinical Career: The Neuroscience of Clinicianship
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), MA, LPC
Course Open: March 12-April 19, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, March 19, 26, April 2 and 9, 2017; 7:00-9:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Practice Sessions: 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 presenters 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: This intermediate course is suitable for new/recent graduates and experienced veterinarians who are interested in understanding and utilizing current neuroscience as it relates to improved, sustainable and ultimately enjoyable clinical practice. No previous experience with mindfulness, meditation or coursework neuroscience is necessary to participate and benefit from this course.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-28480)

Course Information:
This course is designed to address core skills that are critically necessary for sustainable and effective clinical practice. These include : Self-observation/mindfulness; empathy; resilience/self-compassion/boundaries; and attentiveness. Until recently, these have been erroneously considered as unimportant "soft skills" that are beyond the scope of traditional veterinary medical education. However, they are increasingly recognized as essential in enabling a clinician to flourish in his or her professional and personal life. Automaticity; the tendency to personalize professional and personal encounters; and the inability to work with and accept our inherent fallibility are significant risk factors for burnout among veterinary professionals. This course will provide skills necessary to engage with clinical practice in healthier ways.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 19, 2017): Mindfulness and Clinicianship
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), MA, LPC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session March 26, 2017): Empathy/Boundaries/Self-Compassion
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), MA, LPC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session April 2, 2017): Developing Self-Observation: Working with Ourselves and Others
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), MA, LPC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session April 9, 2017): Putting It Altogether: Avoiding Boredom and Developing a Personal Plan for Clinicianship
Presenter: Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), MA, LPC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbooks: The following books will be used throughout the course and are available online in both digital and hardcover editions. Each participant is responsible for purchasing these texts prior to the first real time session. About the Presenter:
Michele Gaspar is a veterinarian and psychotherapist. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, she is a member of Vets4Vets, a free service of the VIN Foundation that helps colleagues with personal and professional issues; facilitates "Brilliant Sanity: Mindfulness Meditation for Veterinarians", offered through VIN; and is a consultant in VIN's Feline Internal Medicine Folder. Dr. Gaspar has lectured nationally on psychosocial issues in veterinary medicine and is a first-year analytic candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and received her MA in pastoral counseling from Loyola University/Chicago in 2012.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by February 26, 2017)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by February 26, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on on March 19, 2017 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.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  1. 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.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
"This program (22-28480) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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

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