• Press Release

Mount Sinai Health System Launches ‘Road To Resilience’ Podcast

Series Provides Unique Insight on Recovering from Stress and Trauma

  • New York, NY
  • (June 20, 2018)

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Mount Sinai Health System has created a new monthly podcast series, Road To Resilience, which debuts on June 27.  The series is based on the well-received book Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, co-authored by Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Steven Southwick, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University. The podcast features thought-provoking insight from renowned experts as they explain the science behind resilience.

The inaugural episode highlights Dr. Charney, who shares his journey of survival and a highly publicized recovery after being ambushed by a gunman who intentionally targeted him.

He describes how he used strategies based on his decades of resilience research to cope and move forward during this mentally and physically grueling process.

Other experts appearing in the series will further detail simple ideas that everyday people can apply to their own lives to better cope with life’s greatest challenges. They will share their personal stories involving extreme stress, trauma, and resilience.

“You have to put your trauma into context. You can’t undo it; it will always be part of you. But you can take the traumatic experience, learn from it, and incorporate it into who you are and become a stronger person,” explains Dr. Charney. “Once you’re a trauma victim you’re always a trauma victim, but part of the recovery is to make sense of that and grow.  It takes time, but you can do it and have a positive outcome.”

Dr. Charney’s and Dr. Southwick’s research in resilience spans 25 years, and their science inspired the Mount Sinai podcast series along with their book, now in its second edition.  In the book they present 10 resilience factors to help anyone become more resilient when facing life’s greatest challenges, and explain how these can be learned at any stage of life. Some of the factors include facing your fears, and having realistic optimism, a moral compass, a support system, and role models, along with physical and brain fitness.  It also provides the very latest data and studies, as well as detailed real-life examples of people who used these factors to overcome extreme trauma and loss. Some of the compelling stories involve military POWs, Navy Seals, and civilians.

Each podcast episode focuses on these specific factors, and presents a simple guide for everyday people to follow and apply to their own lives during times of adversity.  Guests include Dr. Charney’s friend and co-author Dr. Southwick on the power of optimism and how he applies this during his current battle with cancer; Deborah Marin, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine, discussing the importance of a moral compass; and Dr. Charney’s son, Alexander Charney, MD, Instructor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine, on the importance of role models.

Road To Resilience episodes are scheduled to air on the last Wednesday of each month and the trailer is now available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-to-resilience/id1399730603

To listen to Road To Resilience, including the trailer, subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

For more information, please visit http://icahn.mssm.edu/about/leadership/resilience  or http://RoadtoResilience.buzzsprout.com

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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