Physician Wellness Winter Retreat 2019: Supporting Joy In Medicine

January 25-27, 2019 - This retreat is full.

We encourage interested physicians to contact us about our waiting list or consider joining us for our spring retreat at Miraval.

To place your name on the waiting list, please provide your contact information with the subject: Third Annual Waiting List.

Escape winter and recharge with fellow physicians at beautiful Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.  Learn about and experience physician wellness with the experts. Nourish your body with fresh gourmet meals. Enjoy a community of friendship and support. This is your chance to rest and relax as you retreat from the intensity of medicine. Earn CME while creating the experience of a lifetime!


January 25 - 27, 2019

Cost: $550 before July 1, 2018, $650 after July 1.

**Retreat cost does not include accommodations.  Miravel rates for this workshop: $409.00 per night, double occupancy and $509 per night, single occupancy + 23% resort fee and 15.05% tax. Rates include food and access to free activities and spa facilities.

CME Credits: Earn up to 8 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Program Times: Attendees are encouraged to arrive Friday morning, January 25. Program begins at noon with registration and lunch. The retreat ends at noon on Sunday, January 27.

What is included?

  • Lectures, workshops and group discussions
  • Full access to the resort and a wide-ranging selection of activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing wall, fitness classes, yoga, meditation classes and much more
  • Daily gourmet meals, unlimited fresh juice and smoothie bar, and freshly prepared snacks throughout the day
  • Up to 8 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

What is not included?

  • Accommodations and resort fees
  • Alcoholic beverages and personal purchases
  • Massage or other healing arts treatments
  • Travel insurance

Questions? E-mail the Institute for Physician Wellness.

This retreat and waiting list are both full.

We hope you will look into one of our future retreats.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the retreat held?

Miraval is located north of Tucson, AZ on 400 scenic acres at the base of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains.

How do I get to Miraval?

Most people fly through the Tucson or Phoenix airports.

Miraval is pleased to provide complimentary transportation to and from the Tucson International Airport for your unforgettable Tucson getaway. To ensure timely service, they need transportation information no less than 72 hours prior to your scheduled need. Guests arriving at the resort after 9:00 pm will receive a late night snack in their room; the perfect start to a truly enchanting Arizona getaway. For departure from Miraval, the last complimentary shuttle to leave for the airport is at 2 pm. Please note that late check-out service may be subject to additional transportation fees to the airport if shuttle service is not currently scheduled.

Miraval does not offer transportation from Phoenix airport to the resort. If you choose to book your air travel through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, you may get a rental car and drive from Phoenix to Miraval. You can also plan to take a shuttle from the airport into Tucson. You can arrange your shuttle transfer with Arizona Shuttle for only $39 each way. The Arizona Shuttle will drop you off at the Twin Peaks and I-10 location where a Miraval van will pick you up and bring you to the resort. For more information about Arizona Shuttle, please visit WWW.ARIZONASHUTTLE.COM

Detailed driving directions can be found at Miraval's website.

What will be our schedule? 

Friday, Jan 25th
Noon-1:00 pm: Registration
1:00-2:00 pm: Welcome, retreat orientation and introductions
2:00-3:00 pm: Session one: Changing Medicine from the Inside Out: Advances in Physician Wellness-Kathy Stepien, MD (1 hour CME)
3:00-4:00 pm: Session two: How to Feel Better, part 1-Katrina Ubell, MD (1 hour CME)
4:00-5:00 pm: Session three: How to Feel Better, part 2-Katrina Ubell, MD (1 hour CME)
5:00-6:00 pm: Break out groups
6:00-7:30 pm: Dinner and free time
7:30-9:30 pm: Healing ritual, Location: Kiva

Sat, Jan 26th
8:00-8:45 am: Walking meditation, Location: Trailhead
9:00-10:00 am: Session four: Minding the Gap: Pay, Promotion, Wealth and Culture-Jane van Dis, MD (1 hour CME)
10:00-11:00 am: Session five: Changing Culture in Medicine-Jane van Dis, MD (1 hour CME)
11:00-12:00 pm: Breakout groups
12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch and free time
2:00-4:00 pm: Sessions six: The Art of Negotiation: Basements, Bullheadedness, and Other Barriers to a Successful Dialogue-Erica Howe, MD (2 hours CME)
4:00-5:00 pm: Breakout groups
5:00-6:00 pm: Breakout groups
6:00-7:30 pm: Dinner and free time
7:30-9:30 pm: Ecstatic dance, Location: Road Runner room

Sunday, Jan 27th
8:00-9:00 am: Walking meditation, Location: Trailhead
9:00-10:00 am: Session seven: Healthy Steps Forward: Sustaining Meaningful Change-Kathy Stepien, MD (1 hour CME)
10:00-11:30 am: Retreat closing and good byes

Who are the speakers? 

Katrina Ubell, MD, FAAP
Dr.Ubell is a board certified pediatrician, as well as a certified life and weight loss coach. After 10 years in private pediatric practice, she left clinical medicine to help women physicians to not only permanently lose weight, but to change their thinking to create the lives they want.

Jane van Dis, MD, FACOG
Dr. van Dis is a board certified ObGyn and an expert in gender equity in the workplace. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Equity Quotient, a gender equity analytics tech company. Dr. van Dis is also an OB Hospitalist at OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG), and Medical Director for Business Development. She established the Working Group on Gender in the Physician Workplace, a national network which amasses data on gender-based disparities in healthcare and solutions to these disparities. She is an invited speaker at academic medical centers, conferences on gender equity and seminars on burnout and physician wellness.

Erica Howe, MD
Dr. Howe is the founder and CEO of The Medical Educator, an online platform with the mission of providing online, on-demand courses for clinicians to improve their teaching skills. Dr. Howe is also the Program Chair for a live annual women physician’s professional development conference called the Women Physicians Wellness Conference.

Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP
Dr. Stepien is a board-certified pediatrician in active practice. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and practiced physical therapy for 13 years prior to entering medicine. She draws on these broad experiences as she teaches physician wellness, self-compassion, and mindfulness in medicine. Dr. Stepien lectures internationally and has published research and essays in the medical literature as well as in the popular press.


What food will be provided? 

Miraval provides daily gourmet meals, an unlimited fresh juice and smoothie bar, and freshly prepared snacks throughout the day. Special dietary requests can be made in advance directly with Miraval.

Dinner reservations can be made each morning during your stay at Miraval. It's important to plan ahead to schedule a dinner time that works best for you.

Can my family join me?

Miraval is an adult-only facility. All family/friends 18 and older are welcome to accompany you.

Will my cell phone work?

Yes! Internet access and access instructions are available upon arrival at Miraval.

Mindfulness is the core of the Miraval philosophy. In everything they do, they encourage guests to live in the present moment, conscious of the unique intersection of mind, body and spirit. In order to foster a tranquil environment for all guests, please understand and adhere to “Miraval Mode” during your retreat.

Miraval Mode: Cell phones at Miraval should be kept on silent at all times and that talking and texting is only permitted in the comfort of your guest room, private patio, the Fountain Courtyard (located just outside guest services) and the parking lot outside of Raindance Pass Boutique. We understand that you may want to use your cell phone camera to capture your Miraval experience throughout your stay – please do! We encourage you to share on social media in the comfort of your guest room in between activities or at the end of your day. Also, in consideration of those around you, please refrain from using electronic devices to take notes in lectures/workshops. Complimentary notepads and pens are provided for your convenience.

Is Miraval accessible for all?

Please feel comfortable contacting Miraval in advance to discuss accommodations.

What is the cancellation policy for the Institute for Physician Wellness? 

Refund Policy: Cancellations made 90 days prior to the event will be refunded the full registration amount minus a nonrefundable $100 processing fee. All cancellations made for any reason after that date are nonrefundable. No exceptions or transfers can be made.

The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any event due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely evet of a cancellation or postponement, The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC will refund the registration fee minus the nonrefundable $100 processing fee, but is not responsible for any other related costs or charges to the participant.