MINDFULNESS IN MEDICINE

A willingness to commit to attending all classes and the half day session, will ensure the greatest opportunity for achieving maximum benefit from the Mindfulness in Medicine Program.

Dates for MiM Program for:

Term 1, February/March 2018
Wednesday evenings
7pm – 9pm

Week 1: February 7
Week 2: February 14
Week 3: February 21
Week 4: February 28
Week 5: March 7
Week 6: March 14

All DAY Sunday March 18
9.30am – 4pm

Week 7: March 21
Week 8: March 28

Mindfulness in Medicine

Mindfulness in Medicine incorporates many of the practices and learning tools that are central to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR. (See note)

Mindfulness in Medicine is an eight week program comprising weekly two-hour sessions and a half-day session in Week 6.

In addition to offering an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, Mindfulness in Medicine offers opportunities for medical practitioners to apply mindfulness in the care of themselves and their patients. This course seeks to develop the following:

  • Clinician health, well being and resilience
  • Skillful attentive observation, curiosity, and presence
  • Caring attitudes towards patients
  • Improved recognition of error-prone situations, reduce medical errors, and improve responsiveness to errors
  • Professionalism and effective responses to lapses in professionalism

Why Mindfulness For Doctors?

 Medicine is a very rewarding profession but is inherently stressful.

The 2013 Beyond Blue study into doctors’ mental health demonstrated very high levels of psychological distress and burnout.

 Doctors suffering from burnout have a higher medication error rate that can lead to adverse patient outcomes.

Mindfulness has been well documented as being effective in managing stress and burnout amongst medical practitioners. It has also been shown to enhance resilience and to improve capacity to be flexible and adaptable in the face of challenges.

Come along to our information seminar for an opportunity to hear more detail about the content of the course and to hear from two doctors who have completed the MBSR course.

Note:

MBSR was established in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The program was developed for people suffering chronic illness and stress that was not responsive to conventional medical treatment. MBSR introduces participants to a range of mindfulness practices that foster awareness, acceptance and compassion towards their own internal experiences including thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and behaviours. There has been a significant body of research that demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits of MBSR. This course, Mindfulness in Medicine, uses MBSR as its foundation for introducing medical practitioners to the benefits of mindfulness in their personal and professional lives.