AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Region 4 Humanistic Medicine Retreat
Project type(s) School Service,Social Event,Speaker
Date completed 02/2006
Chapter Wayne State University SOM
Project Coordinator Erin Zimny
Summary of project Wayne State hosted the Region 4 humanistic medicine retreat. We put together a planning committee and worked hard to find appropriate speakers to emphasize our theme-SELF CARE. During the retreat we had yoga and tai chi classes. We had two physicians come to the retreat house and talk about how they dealt with the different challenges in their life and balancing their careers. We had an art and music therapist come and teach us about using these modalities as therapy for ourselves and our patients. Lastly, we ended the weekend with a guided meditation.

Content area Wellness/Well-Being
Number of participants 6
Participant hours involved 60 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $3000
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant,Donation,Admission/participant charge
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We contacted students about the retreat by email and posted a notice on the Region 4 webpage and on the National AMSA humed page. We also contacted each Region 4 Medical school's AMSA president to let them know about this opportunity.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions The retreat did take a lot of planning but worked out well. Erin contacted departments that she thought might contribute money to support the retreat which is how we got a lot of our money. The retreat house was amazing. Most of the students who attend

Comments Our retreat was really successful. We had 22 people attend which was a great number as we had the opportunity to get to know each other well throughout the weekend. I would encourage schools to keep the number of participants below 30 or 40 to create an