Saving lives, while saintly, isn’t always sane or straightforward. How do we cultivate more presence, balance, agency, and interpersonal intelligence in the delicate and uncertain world of healthcare?
Join psychiatrist and best-selling author Dan Siegel, MD, known for his groundbreaking work on the mind and mental health, and family physician Ron Epstein, MD, known for his work on communication and bringing mindfulness to the practice of medicine, for a weekend exploration into the inner lives of clinicians.
A combination of lecture, contemplative practices, and interactive exercises, this 2-day experiential workshop will:
- Describe how doctors and other health professionals think, feel, and sense their way through difficult situations with patients and the healthcare system
- Demonstrate five ways to achieve greater clarity, lower emotional distress, and health promoting connection in the face of difficult decisions, emotional trauma, and chaotic healthcare environments
- Explain how understanding the scientific synthesis of interpersonal neurobiology can help clinicians face, interact with, and effectively navigate complexity and stress at work
- Give understanding of the scientific synthesis of interpersonal neurobiology to help us face, interact with, and effectively navigate complexity and stress at work.
This will be an immersive workshop grounded in current scientific understandings of the mind. As physicians, we will investigate how we bring awareness and sensibility to our work, how we can flourish in turbulent times, and how, in our roles as leaders, we can change the environments in which we work and in which our patients seek healing and understanding.
Daniel Siegel, MD
Author, renowned psychiatrist
Dan Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. Also at UCLA, he is a founding codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.
As the executive director of the Mindsight Institute—which offers online learning and in-person lectures focusing on the development of mindsight in individuals, families, and communities—he is also addressing the intersection of human relationships with basic biological processes. As a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, he studied family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory, and narrative.
Known for his unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts accessible and exciting to a range of audiences, Dr. Siegel has addressed diverse local, national, and international groups, including Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the King of Thailand, Google University, London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.
His books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, The Mindful Therapist, The Whole-Brain Child, Brainstorm, and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. He speaks internationally to many different groups, including teachers, mental health and healthcare professionals, business leaders, and to the general public. He lives in Southern California with his family.View Bio PageRon Epstein, MD
Renowned physician, pioneer in mindfulness in medicine
From his early days as a Harvard Medical School student, Ron Epstein saw what makes good doctors great, how they deliver more accurate diagnoses, make fewer errors, and build stronger connections with their patients. This set the stage for his life’s work—identifying the qualities and habits that distinguish master clinicians from those who are merely competent. The secret, he learned, was mindfulness.
Since then, Dr. Epstein has been a physician on a mission: to use mindfulness to improve the quality of communication and care between clinicians, patients, and their loved ones. His book Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, published in 2017, was the first book about mindfulness and medical practice to be written for a wide, not solely academic, audience.
A professor of family medicine, psychiatry, and oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Epstein is a rigorous and acclaimed researcher with over 250 publications; his NIH-, AHRQ-, and foundation-funded studies have significantly advanced our understanding of the impact of patient-physician relationships on health, the process of care, and healthcare costs.
Dr. Epstein is also director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, and his seminal work on mindful practice also shines a light on the racial and social disparities in the achievement of patient-centered care—looking at how mindfulness can dismantle the negative effects of bias.
Dr. Epstein is a frequent keynote speaker at major conferences and healthcare institutions, teaching healthcare professionals around the world how to be better caretakers with less burnout.
Dr. Epstein was named the George Engel and John Romano Dean’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Rochester, and he has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney. His national honors include the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for lifetime achievement in research on communication and health and the Humanism in Medicine Award from the New York Academy of Medicine.
When he isn’t changing the landscape of primary care, Dr. Epstein enjoys playing the harpsichord, cooking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and hanging out with his wife, Deborah Fox, and their two children, Malka and Eli.View Bio Page
Engage in contemplative practices to explore your inner landscape as well as interactive exercises to explore how to connect, relate to, and support patients and colleagues in the healing enterprise.
Learn from two of the world’s most prominent MDs about how you can experience a greater sense of connection and awareness in your everyday work.
Cultivate greater presence, attentiveness, curiosity, awareness, and insight: qualities of exemplary clinicians in all specialties and at all levels of experience.
Things to Know/Schedule
May 17 Friday
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Introduction: medicine, mindfulness, and humanity
May 18 Saturday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm The doctor’s mind: the wheel of awareness
(includes 15-minute break)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Being present: meaningful and transformative experiences in medicine
3:15 pm – 4:30pm: Kayaking in rough waters: comfort with the unexpected
7:30 – 9pm Public lecture – MIndfulness, Healing and Medicine
May 19 Sunday
9:00 am – 11:30am Flourishing in clinical practice: resilience, well-being and mindful engagement
Must be working in healthcare, ideally as a physician
Epstein RM. (2017). Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity. NY: Scribner.
Siegel DJ. (2018). Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence. NY: TarcherPerigee.
Epstein RM: “Mindful practice.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 1999; 282(9):833-9.
Beckman HB, Wendland M, Mooney C, Krasner MS, Quill TE; Suchman AL, Epstein RM: “The impact of a program in mindful communication on primary care physicians.” Academic Medicine. 2012; 87(6):1-5.
Epstein RM, Siegel DJ, Silberman J: “Self-monitoring in clinical practice: A challenge for medical educators.” The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2008; 28(1):5-13.
Epstein RM: “Ronald Epstein, MD: Bringing Mindfulness into the Examination Room.” Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. 2017; 31(2):21-28
Krasner MS, Epstein RM, Beckman H, Suchman AL, Chapman B, Mooney CJ, Quill TE: “Association of an educational program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy, and attitudes among primary care physicians.” JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association. 2009; 302(12):1284-93.
Epstein RM: “What’s the opposite of burnout?” Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2017; Epub 2017 Mar 27.
Special Interest to
Healthcare professionals, specifically physicians
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