Dr. William Cooper, Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at WellStar Health Systems, gave the keynote speech.
Dr. Eric Podchaski, Psychological Services in WellStar Medical Group, Kam Sooknanan, Assistant Vice President of Population Health, and Dr. Jeffrey Stone Family Physician. conducted a panel discussion. Questions such as the following were addressed:
- Where can I learn more about mindfulness? Is there a class I can take?
- I have several chronic conditions for which I take prescription medication. If I make changes in my lifestyle such as diet and exercise could I quit taking some of my medications?
- Do you feel there are enough physicians practicing to adequately care for the increasing elder population?
- What is an Accountable Care Organization?
The following resources were recommended by the panel:
Mindfulness for Beginners by John Kabat-Zinn
www.mindfulnesscds.com (John Kabat-Zinn)
Margin by Richard Swenson, MD
The Four Things That Matter Most by Ira Byock, MD