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The Path To Physician Wellness: Breaking the Burnout Cycle

Total Credits: 1 including 1.0 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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Jerry Balentine, DO, FACOEP, FACEP |  Andrea Coladner, DO |  Gerard A. Baltazar, D.O. |  Sonia Rivera Martinez, DO
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There is a continued need to educate physicians about tools and resources to help fight against burnout. In this lecture, Dr. Balentine is joined by a panel to discuss a bundled approach to create a balanced lifestyle, become more mindful, and ultimately avoid burnout.The  goal of this lecture is to have physicians reevaluated their lifestyles and learn how they can contribute to a more fulfilling professional life. 

Learning objectives:

  1. How to use wellness tools to avoid burnout.
  2. How to use communication with patients, friends, and family to assure a more rewarding practice environment.
  3. The use of mindfulness and counseling as a tool to fee better and be healthier. 

Disclosures: There are no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation.

The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic medical education to physicians. NYSOMS designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity. 

All grievances may be directed to NYSOMS Executive Director at All grievances will receive an initial response within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, they can submit a complaint to the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.


Jerry Balentine, DO, FACOEP, FACEP's Profile

Jerry Balentine, DO, FACOEP, FACEP Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Balentine is New York Institute of Technology’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his position, Dr. Balentine spearheads new initiatives involving research for students and faculty, oversees strategic resource allocation, and evaluates new opportunities for NYIT’s growth and expansion. In addition, Dr. Balentine continues his responsibility for the School of Health Professions (including, Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Physician Assistants Program; School of Nursing), the Osteopathic Medical School, two Academic Healthcare Centers as well as the Center for Global Health, the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine, the Ehlers- Danlos Center and the Parkinsonism Center. Dr. Balentine has been a faculty member at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2009. He became Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs in 2014 and was appointed NYITCOM Dean in 2018. Before joining NYIT, Dr. Balentine was the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the St. Barnabas Hospital and Healthcare System in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Balentine has authored multiple textbook and journal articles in the field of Emergency Medicine and is a frequent contributor and editor of articles in the WebMD network. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Emergency Medicine Residency at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, where he served as Chief resident. During his career, Dr. Balentine had the opportunity to work as an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, Emergency Department Director and Medical Director of a hospital and trauma center. He established the Urgent Care Center on Rikers Island, served as a consultant to SBH Prison Health and owned and operated his own Urgent Care Center in the Bronx for 10 years. Dr. Balentine is the past President of the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has served as Vice-Chair of the New York State Board of Medicine, Chair of the finance committee of the NYCOM Educational Consortium and on the Education Committee of the Federation of State Medical Boards. 

Andrea Coladner, DO's Profile

Andrea Coladner, DO Related Seminars and Products

Andrea Coladner is a board-certified physiatrist, who joined NYITCOM in July 2019. In addition to teaching in small group learning sections, she treats patients in the Academic Health Care Center in Old Westbury and the Central Islip Family Health Care Center. She currently serves as the NYITCOM liaison for New York Tech students in the B.S./D.O. degree program and is completing musculoskeletal research with the NYIT Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/Hypermobility Treatment Center.

Coladner graduated from NYITCOM (formerly New York College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1990 and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center. From there she went on to become the director of Long Island’s first traumatic brain injury unit at Southside Hospital, and in 1996 she opened her own practice where she continued to practice general physical medicine and rehabilitation until 2019. While maintaining her private practice, Coladner became a licensed acupuncturist and completed her didactic work at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai before traveling to Chengdu China to gain clinical proficiency. In 2016, she received a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University, where she graduated with honors.

Gerard A. Baltazar, D.O. Related Seminars and Products

Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Long Island School of Medicine

NYU Winthrop Hospital

Dr. Gerard Baltazar, DO, FACOS, FACS is a trauma and intensive care surgeon at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Baltazar obtained his undergraduate degree in biology and fine art from Georgetown University and his doctorate from Touro University California. His postgraduate training focused on underserved urban communities in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Before joining NYU, Dr. Baltazar was the Director of Surgical Critical Care at a safety-net hospital in the Bronx.

Since his neighborhood in New Rochelle became an American pandemic epicenter, Dr. Baltazar has treated and performed research for critically-ill COVID patients. By sharing his experience from the frontline, Dr. Baltazar aims to encourage understanding and positivity in the wake of tragedy.

Dr. Baltazar disclosed that he had no actual or apparent conflicts of interest in relation to this session.

Sonia Rivera Martinez, DO's Profile

Sonia Rivera Martinez, DO Related Seminars and Products

Sonia Rivera-Martinez received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) in 2002. She completed her internship, family practice residency, and chief residency at the Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC), Long Beach, N.Y. in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, she worked as an attending physician for the Department of Family Medicine at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica, N.Y. She earned her board certification in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment in 2005.

In April 2010, she joined the Family Medicine Department at NYITCOM as full-time clinical teaching faculty. At NYITCOM, she teaches first-year and second-year osteopathic medical students in the Doctor Patient Relationship course and precepts third-year osteopathic medical students while providing patient care at the NYITCOM Academic Health Care Centers.

From early in her osteopathic medical career, she set several goals for herself which include expanding the public's knowledge of osteopathic medicine through research and advocacy, teaching medical students the art and science of osteopathic medicine, providing medical services in an underserved area, and educating patients about healthy lifestyles. In keeping with these goals, she has been very active serving the profession in various national, state, and local organizations. She serves as past president of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society and Treasurer for the New York State Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). In addition, she serves as treasurer for the NYITCOM Alumni Association and senator of the NYITCOM Faculty Senate.