BWH Interdisciplinary Balint Groups to Achieve Values Alignment

This seminar series will implement Balint groups among physicians from primary care, endocrinology & psychaitry as an intervention to reduce burnout and improve professional fulfillment. A Balint group is a methodology of convening physicians to discuss clinical cases & focus on enahnching their ability to understand and improve the doctor-patient relationship. Discussions are facilitated by Balint leaders, who will help participants feel comfortable sharing their experiences, and in the process, uncover both shared & divergent feelings and perceptions. This seminar series will improve participants' communication skills, empathy & overall well-being while reducing professional dissoance and burnout.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for practicing faculty from the divisions of psychiatry, primary care & endocrinology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Primary Care and Endocrinology faculty include physicians. Psychiatry faculty includes physicians and psychologists.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop better communication skills
  2. Empathize more with their patients & colleagues
  3. Reflect on their professional career with a more positive attitude & reduced burnout
  4. Demonstrate reduced stress & anxiety

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Brigham & Women's Hospital & Mass General Brigham

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Karen Sherritt, MD - Course Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director for Wellness, Division of Primary Care
Peer Supporter, Office of Mediation, Coaching, Ombuds and Support Services
Co-Lead, Phyllis Jen Staff Wellness Initiative
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ashwini Nadkarni, MD

Associate Psychiatrist and Director, Wellness, Brigham and Women’s Health - Department of Psychiatry
Instructor, Harvard Medical School 

Anna Goldman, MD

Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Program Director, Fellowship Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Hypertension
Co-director of the BWH Transgender Medicine Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Karen Carlson, MD

Director Emerita, MGH Women's Health Associates
Physician, Division of General Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital - Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Kathleen Hubbs Ulman, Ph.D., CGP, DFAGPA 

Assistant Professor, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School - Department of Psychiatry (Psychology)
Credentialed Balint Leader 
Certified Group Psychotherapist
Clinical Assistant in Psychiatry (Psychology)
Director of the Center for Group Psychotherapy
Staff Psychologist at Women’s Health Associates
Massachusetts General Hospital


Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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