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Mindful Practice Advanced Workshop: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience

April 27, 2015 – May 1, 2015

The University of Rochester Medical Center will be hosting “Mindful Practice Advanced Workshop: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience" at Chapin Mill Retreat Center in Batavia, NY from April 27 to May 1, 2015.

University of Rochester Medical Center



Mindful Practice Advanced Workshop: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience

April 27-May 1, 2015

Chapin Mill Retreat Center
Batavia, NY


A 5-day, retreat-like workshop designed to enable clinician and medical educators deepen their skills in mindful practice and their ability to teach and develop programs in mindful practice at their home institutions. Designed for medical practitioners (physicians, NPs, PAs) and others involved in medical practice and education, the program combines didactic presentations and experiential exercises using narratives, appreciative inquiry, and contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation.

Session themes include attention, suffering, teamwork, difficult conversations with patients/families, uncertainty in medicine, medical education, grief and loss, resilience and compassion. The workshop will offer participants hands-on experience in teaching and facilitation.

There will be a brief application form to complete prior to acceptance into the program. Prior experience with contemplative practices and teaching experience are desirable. Early applications are encouraged, as workshops often fill several months in advance. Course Directors: Ron Epstein, MD. and Mick Krasner, MD. Sponsored by: The Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center.



Mindful practice is a means for health professionals to:

  • Enhance their self-awareness, wellness, and resilience
  • Improve their relationships with patients and colleagues
  • Advance the quality of medical care they provide


Our research with physicians demonstrates that mindful practice contributes to quality of care and to physician resilience and well-being, and that training programs can enhance mindfulness.

When practicing mindfully, clinicians listen attentively to patients’ distress, respond to emotions and suffering, recognize and avoid errors, refine their technical skills and make patient-centered decisions. They provide care with greater competence, clarity and compassion. They are attentive, present, curious, present and adopt a "beginner’s mind" when confronting challenging situations. These qualities of mindful practitioners transcend clinical specialty and clinical experience.

Mindful Practice® programs have been developed by a team of physicians on the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Rochester, New York, USA). The programs are organized around common challenges faced by health professionals, such as responding to suffering, bad outcomes, conflicts with patients and staff, errors, lapses in professionalism, burnout, and grief. Our current health care environment makes practicing mindfully very challenging. Mindful Practice programs address these barriers. In addition, we address clinicians’ own internal barriers to self-awareness – such as their own unexamined judgments, negative emotions and cognitive biases.


Goals of Mindful Practice Programs:

  • To foster skills of attentive observation, critical curiosity, beginner’s mind, and presence
  • To improve recognition of error-prone situations, reduce medical errors, and improve responsiveness to errors
  • To foster caring attitudes toward patients
  • To promote professionalism and deal effectively with lapses in professionalism
  • To promote clinician resilience, health and well-being
  • To help create mindful organizations that support teamwork, mindfulness and clinician health and well-being




Click here for more information about Mindful Practice® programs. Click here to view the application form.



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