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If we placed all our healthcare professional's brains in a functional MRI, over 63% would exhibit the characteristic brain wave pattern of BURNOUT. Interestingly, this is identical to "grief" in our brain, which means thousands of doctors, nurses, and physician assistants are showing up to work daily, burdened with the cognitive slowing, brain fog, and hopelessness indicative of burnout. Our crumbling healthcare system will not be remedied overnight, and our professionals deserve individual help now.

The opposite of burnout is flow state, a brain pattern discovered decades ago by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, where one feels a sense of timelessness, effortlessness, richness, and selflessness. It's the only time your brain produces all five neurochemicals of happiness at once, and you find 100% more meaning, 250% more innovation, and 450% more productivity. Flow state is teachable and accessible to all.

I am on a mission to teach 1 million healthcare practitioners how to tap into their own creative flow so they can optimize their cortisol, reclaim autonomy and unlock energetic joy in a world where burnout will always exist.


Methods used:

  • Video (lectures, subtitled in English)
  • Written (digital text inside the course)
  • Creative activities (inside the printed playbook)
  • Quiz (digitally delivered at the end of the course)

Recommended tools:

  • Computer to view material (laptop or tablet is best)
  • Color Printer (to print the playbook)
  • Writing utensils (pen, pencil, crayons, marker)

What to expect:

  • 10 hours to completion = 6 hours of video (at 1x speed) + 4 hours of self-study (reflection, and activities)
  • Each lesson corresponds to a chapter in the playbook and has the following:
    • Video
    • Enhanced material (further explanation, creative journaling prompts, activities, downloads)
    • Transcript of video


Module 1: Intro to the Catalyst AHA!™ Framework

  • Chapter 1 in Playbook
  • Introduction to the impactful neuroscience of burnout, stress, and creative flow
  • Determine the difference between "burnout" and "stress"
  • Unpack the neuroscience of creative flow state
  • Create your own personalized “Burnout Scale” to keep you aloft and peddle back from the abyss
  • Explore what happens to your physiology with chronic stress
  • Understand the benefits of practicing creativity
  • Introduction to the Catalyst AHA!™ method

Module 2: ANCHOR to Your Values and Vision

  • Chapter 2 in Playbook
  • Step 1 of the AHA!™ method: Learn to personalize your mission and craft a culture of cohesiveness
  • Identify your top three core values to anchor your Personal Proclamation
  • Learn two daily anchoring techniques to keep you inspired from within
  • Apply the proven research behind visualization and goal setting
  • Explore anchors to improve inner locus of control and self-efficacy
  • Align values into mission for work/life longevity
  • Build and sign your own Personal Proclamation
  • Lay the foundation for a Catalyst Culture™ of curious innovation

Module 3: HIGHLIGHT your Meaningful Milestones

  • Chapter 3 in Playbook
  • Step 2 of the AHA!™ method: use flow neuroscience to recalibrate and achieve your goals
  • Learn organizational strategies to reclaim control over what matters 
  • Design a streamlined system to help you stay motivated & accountable
  • Learn to reframe achievements with leading metrics (vs lagging metrics)
  • Reclaim autonomy with innovative, flow-channeled time management methods
  • Explore gratitude as a method of flow optimization
  • Expand on boundary setting as a method of energy preservation
  • Redefine personal metrics of "success" to gamify your milestones

Module 4: ACTIVATE your Embodied Energy

  • Chapter 4 in Playbook
  • Step 3 of the AHA!™ method: learn embodiment techniques to connect to healthy energy and flow
  • Dive deeper into understanding the physiology of flow state
  • Leverage flow enhancers and remove flow disruptors to create your cadence
  • Learn strategies to activate somatic energy that sparks well-being and eudaimonia
  • Cultivate a vibrant gut/brain connection for optimal mindset
  • Recognize and remove self-saboteurs that drain your energy
  • Strengthen interoceptive awareness and vagal tone
  • Design your User Manual for optimal energy

Module 5: APPLYING the Catalyst AHA!™ framework for your work/life masterpiece

  • Chapter 5 in Playbook
  • Defining and understanding culture
  • Connecting the relationship between values, decisions, behaviors and outcomes
  • Practical tips on how to apply the Catalyst AHA!™ method in daily life
  • Additional advice on polishing your flow cadence 
  • Methods to regularly keep balance in check for sustainability
  • Access to Catalyst Decision Scoring Sheet to aid in effortless and confident decisions that are congruent to your values and goals
  • Building your own Catalyst Culture™ in healthcare for career longevity

CME (Continuing Medical Education)

Accreditation Statement:
In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Joint Providership Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Rush University Medical Center and Health Innate, S.C. (dba Dr. Lara Salyer, DO, IFMCP). Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statements For Medicine:
Rush University Medical Center designates enduring material for a maximum of
10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit. Rush University Medical Center does not share learner data with any other party.

Original release date: August 23, 2023

Termination license date: August 23, 2025

OUTCOMES MEASURED in this course:

  • Increased discernment between stress vs burnout
  • Understanding of neuroscience behind flow state
  • Identification of personal core values
  • Improved communication and boundary setting
  • Enhanced emotional interoceptive awareness
  • Acquisition of new recovery practices
  • Methods to increase psychological safety in work/life
  • Ability to redefine meaningful success metrics
  • Improved sense of autonomy and self-efficacy
  • Enriched knowledge on how to balance cortisol
  • Acquisition of flow-channeled time management skills
  • Clarity on steps to build a Catalyst Culture™
  • Confidence to sequence a flow cadence


  • Participants will complete a 47 question assessment at the end of this course.
  • 80% minimum pass rate will qualify for 10 hours of AMA Category 1 CME credit.
  • You are allowed to retake the exam up to five times.


The course director(s), planner(s), faculty and reviewer(s) of this activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.


Dr. Lara Salyer, DO, IFMCP

Helen Perks, BSc Nutritional Medicine

Nakota Wagner, MBA

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