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THRIVE: Fostering Wellness

No doubt about it – 2020 has been a tough year. We offer these resources, curated by and for the anatomy community, to support your mental health and emotional resilience during uncertainty, particularly as we close out this calendar year. Have a resource to share? Please, contact us.

Information shared here is not a substitute for, and should not be construed as, medical advice and is provided as informational only. If you are experiencing a life-threatening or medical emergency, please call 911. If you are contemplating self-harm, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “Hello” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 in the US or Canada (85258 in the UK, 50808 in Ireland).

THRIVE Webinars

A Brief Introduction to Mind Body Medicine

Wednesday, November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET


  • Barbie Klein, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Mackenzie Loyet, Instructor in the Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University
  • David Resuehr, Associate Professor of Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

In this workshop, we will give a brief Introduction to mind body medicine, including the current research and benefits it can have for the individual. A short "yoga anatomy" flow will stretch and strengthen the body while highlighting musculoskeletal function, so wear comfy clothes! Lastly, we will guide you through a meditation (a form of mindful daydreaming) to enhance your creativity, reenergize, and unwind. We will conclude by providing additional resources and taking questions.

This webinar is free for members; $25 for nonmembers.

Register for the November 18 Webinar »

Are You OK? Cultivating Wellness in Academia During COVID-19

Wednesday, December 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET


  • Cirecie West-Olatunji, Xavier University

Now more than ever, medical school students and faculty are faced with daunting challenges that directly impact learning and teaching experiences. New data recently shared from an American Council on Education survey of college and university presidents indicate that the mental health of students is the most pressing issue they face during COVID-19, followed by the mental health of faculty and staff.

AAA is pleased to offer this webinar as a resource to help academics cope with today’s challenges and to learn ways to cultivate wellness. Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji is Associate Professor of Counseling and Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress Research at Xavier University of Louisiana, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and a Past President of the American Counseling Association. In this webinar, she will discuss how each of us – and, by extension, our academic communities – can nurture resilience, practice mindfulness, and address anxiety in the age of coronavirus.

This webinar is free and open access for both members and nonmembers.

Register for the December 2 Webinar »

Recorded Webinars – Watch On Demand

AAA Webinars

The following are available to members only. To view these (and more) recorded webinars, log in to our Webinar Archives.

  • Difficult Conversations in Academia (October 2020)
  • Unconscious Bias and Our Work (October 2018)
  • Working on Work-Life Balance (July 2017)

Webinars from Other Sources

Clinician Well-Being and Resilience: What the Data Show and How We Move Forward (AAMC)

Mental Health Matters: Finding Space in a University Setting (FASEB)

Supporting Minority Medical Student Mental Health (AAMC)

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