Thursday - Saturday, July 18 - 20, 2019

A medical education experience unlike any other

Three days you'll want to tell everyone about

Join us in Chicago and learn to get the most from your professional practice and personal performance with an immersive learning experience led by groundbreaking innovators. Bring a guest to enjoy the city while you attend the conference and have your guest join us on a private yacht cruise for a food and wine experience you won't forget.

Dr. Sarah Zallek Video

Location, vision and talent...

That's what makes Neuroscience: A Sensory Experience a truly unique educational event. Pioneering researchers, innovative life coaches, leading performance experts and even a level II wine sommelier will share invaluable insights and open your eyes to new perspectives.

On a private yacht, dive into new ways to think about how we interact with food. In a working music studio, explore the ways we process music and why it's good for the brain. Find the balance you need to be your best at home and at work with the help of a life coach. And experts on human performance will help you maximize your effectiveness.

Cost for attendees is $800 for the entire program, and includes the cost of meals and dinner on the Chicago Elite private yacht on Thursday, July 18. Attendees are encouraged to bring a guest to the Thursday dinner event for an additional $150.

Registration Closed

Hotel EMC2

228 E. Ontario St., Chicago, Illinois

Hotel EMC2, which bills itself as "the intersection of art & science," is a uniquely engaging space located in one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in one of the country's premiere cities. See photos and learn more about the hotel and its amenities at

Registration at the hotel is independent from registration for the educational event. When you reserve your hotel room, be sure to indicate you are with the medical educational event. Use the link below to book your room. The special rate for attendees is $269 per night.

Hotel registrations must be made by June 18.


Three invigorating days of immersive activities and eye-opening discussions, hosted and moderated by Sarah Zallek, MD, will provide you with the inspiration, motivation and tools to get more from your personal and professional life.

  • Optimize your performance
  • Embrace the power of communication
  • Appreciate the impact of sensory experiences such as music, food and wine on brain behavior
  • Find balance in work and life as a physician
  • Setting the stage: Physician stress, shortages, burnout, depletion, imbalance

    Jay Clore, PhD and Jeff Smith, MD

  • Break
  • Optimizing Physician Performance

    John Evans, Jr., EdD

  • Financial fitness for physicians: Living in the present and anticipating the future

    Bill Kwon

  • Board Chicago Elite Yacht

    600 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier

  • Thursday Evening Dinner Event

    Food & wine – taste, olfaction science

    • Brent Schneider, Level 2 Sommelier
      Plus additional, coordinated content provided on neuroscience of the evolution of taste & olfaction
    • Jay Clore, PhD to lead a mindful eating exercise
    • Flavor tripping (miracle berry experience)
  • Breakfast
  • Physician-Patient Communication

    Sarah Zallek, MD, and others

    Current culture and the future state of physician-patient communication

  • Break
  • The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

    Jay Clore, PhD

  • Physician Work-Life Rhythm

    An interview and live coaching session with Jeff Smith, MD, FACS, Orthopedic Traumatologist, physician coach, SurgeonMasters

  • Lunch
  • Healthcare Systems and Physicians

    A panel discussion with senior health care system leaders on how physicians relate to health care systems.

    Gerald McShane, MD, Shari Berry, JD, Keith Knepp, MD CPE, James Adams, MD, Bryant Adibe, MD

  • Break
  • The Neuroscience of Music

    Chicago Recording Company

    Nina Kraus, PhD

    Interactive presentation by professor of neuroscience whose research focus is music and the brain.

    Music performances by AJ Heaps, Victoria Lu, and Jeffrey Brown, MD

  • Small group dinner event, limited seating. Private chef's table at The Albert, the EMC2 restaurant. (No CME)
  • Breakfast
  • Sleep Health for Physicians

    Sarah Zallek, MD

  • Innovation and Simulation: How Technology can Improve the Physician Experience

    John Vozenilek, MD – Demo VR lab, current developments at Jump Simulation and OSF Innovation

    Chris Zallek, MD - Update on innovation in neuroscience and medicine

  • Break
  • Putting it All Together: Optimizing the Physician Experience

    Sarah Zallek, MD; Jay Clore, PhD; Chris Zallek, MD; John Vozenilek, MD; Gerald McShane, MD; Keith Knepp, MD, CPE; Jeff Smith, MD


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how physician stress and burnout relate to physician well-being and patient outcomes.
  2. Practice mindfulness, compassion and meditation skills to increase mental focus in the workplace and non-workplace settings.
  3. Describe how simulation and innovation can contribute to an improved medical practice experience.
  4. Apply principles of mindfulness to the enjoyment of food, music and other activities to improve the experience of medical practice and enhance work-life balance.
  5. Set personal goals for financial fitness in the present and long-term.
  6. Describe the benefits of coaching for physicians to achieve goals both in the workplace and elsewhere.



Conference Faculty List

Jay Clore, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency

University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

Instructor, Cognitively Based Compassion Training

John Evans, Jr., EdD

Executive Director, Knowledge Labs

Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute® Certified Facilitator

Nina Kraus, PhD

Northwestern University

Hugh Knowles Professor

Neurobiology, Communication Sciences, Otolaryngology


Victoria Lu, M4
AJ Heaps, M4
Bill Kwon

Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Adjunct Professor, Bradley University

Jeffrey Brown, MD

Graduate, The Juilliard School

Internal Medicine intern, NYU Winthrop

Ophthalmology resident, Mount Sinai (2020)

Andrew Busalacchi, CIMA

Vice President, Prudential Financial

Brent Schneider

Level 2 Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

Jeff Smith, MD, FACS

Orthopedic Traumatologist

Physician Coach

Founder, SurgeonMasters

John Vozenilek, MD

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for Simulation
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
OSF HealthCare

Duane and Mary Cullinan Professor in Simulation Outcomes

University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

University of Illinois College of Engineering, Urbana Champaign

Chris Zallek, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

Biomedical Investigator, Jump Simulation

James Adams, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Corporation

Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University

Gerald McShane, MD

OSF Board of Directors

Past Chief Executive Officer OSF Medical Group

Shari Berry, JD

OSF HealthCare

Employment Counsel, Legal Services

Keith Knepp, MD, CPE

Regional CEO, UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois

Sarah Zallek, MD, FAASM

Physician Director of Strategy, Communication, and Education OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute

Medical Director, OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute Sleep Center

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

Medical Staff President, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center

This activity is jointly provided by The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute. The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The reviews from the 2018 event are in:

“Excellent speakers, new viewpoints, dazzling…”
“…useful and COOL.”
“…it went by too fast!”
“…refreshing and intellectually stimulating.”