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FAQS about Mindful Practice

Why should my medical or nursing school consider holding a Mindful Practice® workshop?

Mindful Practice® workshops are evidence-based programs that offer skills for clinicians and leaders to respond more effectively to stresses in clinical practice, form better connections with their patients and colleagues, and be more attentive and thoughtful in their clinical practice.

What are the benefits?

Mindfulness and Mindful Practice® programs have been associated with lower clinician burnout and psychological distress, greater clinician well-being, more empathic and effective patient-clinician relationships, improved patient safety, lower implicit racial bias, fewer diagnostic errors, fewer medication errors, and better teamwork.

What makes Mindful Practice programs unique?

  • Our programs are evidence-based. Our programs have demonstrated reductions in physician burnout, improvement in physician well-being and empathy and psychosocial orientation towards patients, and improvements in attentiveness and emotional regulation in physicians.
  • Our programs address important challenges in medical practice, such as responding to suffering, managing conflict, responding to bad outcomes and errors, dealing with clinicians’ grief and loss, working with uncertainty, and promoting flourishing in clinical practice by addressing both organizational dysfunction and personal growth.
  • Our programs are designed and taught by health professionals for health professionals.
  • Our programs provide tools to enhance mindfulness of clinicians and clinical teams in work settings, not merely meditation on one’s own.
  • Our programs are highly interactive, not just sitting in an auditorium listening to speakers.
  • Several thousand physicians from the United States, from 12 countries  and from every continent have attended Mindful Practice programs.
  • Nearly 2 dozen teacher trainees in Mindful Practice have brought this intervention into their own hospitals, health institutions and communities worldwide.

Are CME credits available?

Yes, for all of our programs.

Is a Mindful Practice® workshop suitable for a healthcare corporation team?

Absolutely. The same practices that promote clear intention, focused attention, critical curiosity, beginner’s mind and presence can promote effective leadership and teamwork, enhanced ability to deal with conflict and adversity, and lower rates of burnout, distress, and attrition.

What size group is ideal?

We offer workshops for as few as 10 and as many as 150 participants. For larger groups, we break out into smaller sub-groups for some of the exercises and discussion, each with a facilitator.

Who should attend such a workshop? Are they designed for a mix of roles (e.g., medical and nursing students of all years, faculty, deans, etc. or employees/leaders of various positions at a corporation) or is a single role ideal (e.g., just first-year medical students)?

Mindful Practice® workshops can be helpful for anyone in healthcare: clinicians, trainees, non-clinician staff, leadership. They can encompass academic medical centers, hospitals, clinics, and corporate settings. We alter the curricula to adapt to the needs of each group. Mixed groups are fine for many of the exercises; other have to be adapted because clinical contexts might be different. For example, errors, moral distress and conflicts may manifest differently for students, nurses, physicians and administrators. While entire work teams can participate, including leadership, we try to avoid pairing those in hierarchical and reporting relationships in exercises that might bring up personal information or bad outcomes.

How long is a typical workshop?

A 2-day immersion provides a depth of experience that cannot be achieved by shorter workshops. Sometimes we can break up the content into two 1-day experiences. In addition, a series of videoconferences after the in-person programs can reinforce content and maintain a supportive professional community. Longer 3- or 4-day workshops are available, some of which are residential.