Grand Rounds – Meaning-Making to Facilitate Adaptive Grieving in Physicians

Event Date & Time

January 27, 2021 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Video Conference

Event Details:


Patient death is an inevitable part of medical practice, yet many physicians report a lack of discussion and communal support surrounding physician grief. Physician grief left unattended can deleteriously affect physicians, patients, and the entire healthcare system. By highlighting the risk for dysfunctional grief among physicians, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted medical communities to turn to grief experts and therapists to facilitate adaptive grieving among their healthcare workers. As a front-line behavioral health care provider in San Antonio throughout this pandemic, Dr. Maldonado will discuss the importance of addressing physician grief by creating safe spaces for open discussion that promote meaning-making. Dr. Maldonado will share overarching guidelines for employing meaning-making with grieving physicians and discuss simple grief processing strategies that teams can easily incorporate into their work culture.


1. Illustrate the importance of addressing physician grief
2. Discuss new evidence that meaning-making mitigates the risk for dysfunctional grief
3. Demonstrate simple tools for facilitating meaning-making among grieving physicians

Financial Disclosures:

Liza Maldonado, PsyD has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The Family & Community Medicine Professional Development and Grand Rounds Committee members (Mark Nadeau, MD, Marcy Wiemers, MD, Maria Del Pilar Montañez Villacampa, MD, Christine Song, DO, Nehman Andry, MD, Gabriela Lopez, PsyD, Andrew Dinh, DO, Maureen Alvarado, DO, Inez I. Cruz, PhD, and Nichole Rubio) have no relevant financial relationships to commercial interests to disclose.

The Family & Community Medicine Professional Development and Grand Rounds Committee member Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD has disclosed he receives royalties from General Practice and Family Medicine for being UpToDate Editor-in-Chief.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1.00 hours), Non-Physician Participation Credit (1.00 hours)

Target Audience:

Specialties – Primary Care; Family Medicine  
Faculty, residents, other health care providers and staff from our department; physicians and health care providers from San Antonio and South Texas; and medical students in our third-year clerkship and fourth year rotations. 


The UT Health Long San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

The Long School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Attendance. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.

For activity related questions, please contact:

Name: Nichole Rubio- FCM Grand Rounds Coordinator


For CME general questions, please contact:

Ph: (210) 567-4445




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About the Speaker(s)

Liza Maldonado, PsyDLiza Maldonado, PsyD
Behavioral Health Consultant
Graduate Medical Education
UT Health San Antonio