Personal Wellness and Professional Development during COVID-19

Target Audience:

The impetus:

The unprecedented way Covid-19 has impacted our lives.

As the world is going through the Covid-19 pandemic, with New York City at its crux, NYC residents are following the stay-at-home order from the Governor. Pharmacists, however, are among the healthcare professionals who are essential employees and as such are working with patients either directly or indirectly to provide the necessary care. From hospital pharmacists providing bedside care or other inpatient duties, to community pharmacists filling and dispensing medications, and ambulatory care pharmacists working remotely to manage patient’s chronic diseases through telehealth, pharmacists are stepping up to meet the demands of these challenging times. This increased workload can place a significant amount of emotional burden on the pharmacists.

Activity Overview

The goal of this two-hour workshop will be to provide pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to cope with the emotional consequences associated with the COVID crisis. The workshop will examine three major areas of everyday life – 1) professional, 2) personal, and 3) family.



Upon completion of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. Cultivate resilience and develop a personal growth mindset.
  2. Develop skills and utilize resources to work productively, while remote.
  3. Integrate and balance work/life demands using skills such as time management.
  4. Utilize strategies for developing virtual personal and professional support systems.
  5. Develop personal coping skills to manage anxiety and stress through mindfulness, meditation, reframing of thoughts, and utilizing spirituality.
  6. Identify practical strategies for self-care such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, and hobbies.
  7. Discuss strategies for maintaining healthy relationships and communicating openly with partners, children, and / or loved ones.
  8. Manage emotions when confronting death and dying.


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