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A recent study showed that more than 50% of SMFM's physician members are experiencing burnout. Physician burnout has profound implications for physicians, their families, staff and the patients they serve.  In response, the Society created "SMFM Thrive," a wellness program for MFMs and their staff. 


We have in-person activities at the 2020 Annual Meeting and ongoing e-learning offerings throughout the year.

  • Yoga - Monday and Tuesday (morning and evening) and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (evening only)
    Led by Dr. Shilpa Babbar, attendees can relieve anxiety and get energized with yoga classes. $50, limited space available.
  • NEW! Steps Challenge
    The Steps Challenge encourages Annual Meeting attendees to hit target step goals, engage in some friendly competition, win prizes, meet new people, and have some fun!  More information will be available onsite.
  • NEW! Boot Camp - Two Classes (Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 am)
    Led by SMFM’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Katie Schubert, these two morning workouts will feature high intensity interval training (HIIT) and are an efficient way to burn calories and energize attendees for the rest of the day. $50, limited space available.
  • NEW! Scientific Forum called “SMFM Thrive” - Wednesday, February 5 at 3:00 - 5:30 pm
    Led by Dr. Heather Lipkind, this Scientific Forum will share career strategies to find solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of busy MFMs. There is no cost to attend this event for those who register for the Scientific Sessions (Thursday - Saturday). Space is limited.
  • Foundation for SMFM 5K Run/Walk - Saturday, February 8 at 6:30 am Get some exercise and support a good cause with the annual Foundation for SMFM 5K Run/Walk. Registration is $50 and all participants will receive a t-shirt before the race. Register directly with the Foundation. 
Sponsorship opportunities are available for several of the above activities. Contact Julie Miller for more information.

e-Learning Offerings

  • MFM Fellow's Bundle for Burnout and Personal Resilience: Dr. Heather Lipkind shares evidence-based ways to improve individual resilience in this one-hour webinar. Free for SMFM members, $50 for non-members.

  • Getting Back Up: Being and Helping the Second Victim Podcast: Adverse outcomes are rare in obstetrics, but when they occur they are devastating to patients and caregivers. Join Drs. Heather Lipkind and Chris Pettker for this 30-minute podcast as they use their personal experiences to discuss the resources for supporting 'second victim’ caregivers who experience critical events. Free for SMFM members and non-members.
  • Find a Mentor: SMFM's Mentor Match Program matches clinicians and scientists with similar interests. Connect with someone outside of your institution who may share your research interest or clinical expertise. Available exclusively to SMFM members.

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