Colorado doctors learn to cope with COVID stress

LOVELAND, Colo. (KDVR) – Local doctors are taking an innovative approach to dealing with work stress and resilience on the front lines of this pandemic.

FOX31’s Nicole Fierro joined Banner Health doctors for another type of hands-on learning in Loveland.

From hospitals to horse arenas, there’s a change of scenery for doctors and residents. The camera captured Dr. Tyler Ulmer taking his Rocket horse training lesson on Sunday.

“The horses are teaching quite a bit today,” said Tamara Merritt, VP of Operations at Hearts and Horses.

Heart and Horse, a nonprofit known for equestrian therapy that works with children, adults, and businesses with special needs. The organization teamed up with the hospital group six months ago to create this new course specifically for those on the front lines.

“In unprecedented times like these, the need to help build resilience for frontline doctors is urgently needed, and the burnout right now is enormous,” Merritt said. .

“Practicing medicine is something we know very well how to do, but leading teams through a pandemic of the unknown – that is new to us, requires us to dig deep and draw on the skills we need to work together.” leadership,” said Dr. Michele Alba, a family medicine physician at Banner Health.

Alba said this is the second session. Doctors taking the first course shared feedback highlighting the impact of a day in the barn on their bed skills.

“Doctors from the first group say they are having more meaningful interactions with patients, feeling more confident as leaders [and] Alba said.

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Tom Vazquez

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