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Power of YOU may be just what YOU are looking for!

What is the Power of You?  This program is modeled after our very popular Power of 10 for recent graduates.  The Power of You program is designed for those mid-career IVMA members (or members in any phase of their career) who may need a refresh, recharge, or renewal of their passion for veterinary medicine. This program features four one-day sessions in key areas to educate and inspire your career.  In addition to the great content being offered you will connect with colleagues during the four meetings.  Making new connections in your profession is important!

Issue Illuminators

Practice Wellness Bootcamp
July 18, 2019

The Power of You – Protecting You and Your Assets”

One of your most valuable professional assets is your reputation and your ability to practice.  This session will focus on protecting these assets by better understanding professional liability, business insurance and regulatory complaints in an ever changing society.  Veterinary medicine remains one of the most highly regarded professions. Yet, due to constant changes in technology and social media, the practice environment continues to evolve and subsequently presents many unique challenges for veterinarians today.  During the session, tips on how to avoid malpractice claims and board complaints will be shared and information will be provided on the appropriate types of business insurance coverage needed to assure broad protection, especially against the fastest growing type of civil claims – employment related lawsuits, which can be an HR pain point for many practices.  Actual closed claims will be utilized as examples in an interactive format to illustrate the importance of implementing strong risk management tools thereby helping to lower the incidence of claims and emPOWERing you, the veterinarian!

This session is generously sponsored by AVMA Professional Liability Trust and will be presented by Dr. Cynthia Mackenzie and HUB International.

Insights Personality and Leadership – Dr. Heidi Hulon
August 22, 2019
Noon – 5 pm

Are you facing stress, empathy or burn-out?  How can you continue to burn bright and not burn out? Insights will give you a deeper understanding of yourself and how you communicate with and react to others and situations.   Once you understand yourself, you can better adapt to and relate to others.

This program will also cover the additional topics of:

Blind spots – areas of your personality that you may not be aware of but others are.  They may inhibit you from successfully interacting with others.  This will help you recognize and address them.

Handling Stress – we all have stress in our lives but some people seem to handle it better than others.  This help you address what triggers stress in your life and how to deal with it more effectively.

Insightful Goals – How to develop your goals so you can bring your vision/goal into reality and how to balance goals in all aspects of your life.

This session is generously sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.

Emotional Intelligence in the Veterinary Workplace – Dr. Michelle Harcha
September 19, 2019

This interactive workshop for veterinarians will explore the benefits of emotional intelligence in the veterinary workplace from a leadership perspective. Outstanding leadership begins with you. Everyone is a leader that makes an impact in the workplace. What kind of an impact are you making?

Learning Objectives:

  • Define emotional intelligence
  • Explore the neuroscience behind meditation, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence
  • Describe the four key domains of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management
  • In the self-awareness domain, explain the benefit of emotional self-awareness for leaders
  • Describe the leadership competencies of emotional self-control, adaptability, achievement orientation, and positive outlook in the self-management domain
  • In the social awareness domain, explain the benefits of empathy and organizational awareness for leaders
  • Describe the leadership competencies of influence, coach and mentor, conflict management, teamwork, and inspirational leadership in the relationship management domain
  • List three strategies for self-improvement in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management for your veterinary workplace

Veterinary Wellness Bootcamp – Dr. Elizabeth Strand
October 17, 2019

This workshop will explore what it takes to develop, maintain, and inspire wellbeing in yourself, your team, and the veterinary profession. Through evidence based research, short educational video, and self reflection, participants will assess their own wellbeing practices and make a plan for adjusting them in ways that will serve themselves and others in promoting a healthy profession.

The workshop will begin with the evidence for why veterinarians may be at risk for poor wellbeing and will end with hopeful, small and practical actions steps for one’s self and one’s team that will make a big difference.

Topics covered will include:

  • Emotional Labor
  • Moral Stress
  • Neural-integration
  • Brain States
  • The Healthy Mind Platter
  • Values Clarification
  • Positive activity interventions
  • Flow

Attendees will receive information from this workshop through both didactic and experiential methods. Attendees will receive a Wellbeing Bootcamp Workbook to use for engaging the workshop material.

This session is generously sponsored by BI.


“As always it has been a great experience working with the IVMA.  I always gain knowledge and support when I come down to participate.”  Dr. Hilary Christner Class of 2018

“I am so glad I took the time to attend!  I gained some great perspective about some of the parts of being a veterinarian that tend to get glazed over.”  Dr. Beth Frank Class of 2018

“This is a great way to learn more or get reminders about how to make your practice better and safer.”  Power of YOU participant 2018

“It was great to have specific time set aside to focus on self and business.  The sessions were informative and thought provoking.  Power of YOU participant 2018

“I was initially skeptical of the program, but I found the time spent rewarding personally and professionally.”  Power of You participant 2018

“This program gives veterinarians the tools and resources available to truly become better bosses, and coworkers. “Power of YOU participant 2018

“The Power of YOU was a refreshing take on veterinary continuing education.  It covered topics that generally do not get brought into light.” Power of YOU participant 2018

“A good source of practical, common sense information that is not easily found elsewhere.”  Power of YOU participant 2018

“As veterinarians go further into their career, issues we face may change, our need to “know” things continues, but is different.  Things that a new veterinarian may find challenging are different from those for mid-career veterinarians.  The Power of YOU offers a mid-career veterinarian relevant and valuable information and skills to make practice more enjoyable and stimulating.”  Dr. Jerry Risser Class of 2018

“The IVMA provides Power of YOU – a CE opportunity that helps us understand how to be more effective and satisfied in our chosen profession.”  Power of YOU participant 2018


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