Thoughts on an integrative approach to teach wellness within the context of a traditional science/ bioengineering curriculum

Roy W. Geib, Gabi N. Waite

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Abstract

Engineers and scientists are valuable resources to society and might be referred to as human capital. Faculties are charged with protecting society's investment in human capital by developing competency-based curricula. These curricula primarily focus on technical skills to assure society that the trainees are competent to perform their job but frequently neglect to teach the competency of self-awareness. Lack of self-awareness contributes to poor stress management, increased incidence of job burnout, high health care costs associated with stress-related chronic diseases, and a loss of valuable human capital. In this paper Guiding Principles are presented for incorporating the concepts of self-awareness, stress management and wellness into existing curricula. The guiding principles aim to provide an evidence-based approach to wellness by including opportunities for self-assessments of physiological parameters such as posturography, heart rate variability, and immune stress markers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication51st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, RMBS 2014 and 51st International ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Symposium 2014
PublisherISA - Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society
Pages225-230
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781632663917
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event51st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, RMBS 2014 and 51st International ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Symposium 2014 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Apr 4 2014Apr 6 2014

Publication series

Name51st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, RMBS 2014 and 51st International ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Symposium 2014

Other

Other51st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, RMBS 2014 and 51st International ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Symposium 2014
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period4/4/144/6/14

Keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Job burnout
  • Self-awareness competency
  • Stress
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Instrumentation

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    Geib, R. W., & Waite, G. N. (2014). Thoughts on an integrative approach to teach wellness within the context of a traditional science/ bioengineering curriculum. In 51st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, RMBS 2014 and 51st International ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Symposium 2014 (pp. 225-230). (51st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, RMBS 2014 and 51st International ISA Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Symposium 2014). ISA - Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society.