A two-part training intensive in Mindful Communication is being offered at the beautiful Chapin Mill retreat center in Western New York in the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012. This unique experience brings together the contemplative practices of mindfulness meditation with narrative medicine and interpersonal appreciative dialogues. It has been crafted out of a program developed to address burnout and enhance relationship-centered care among healthcare professionals. The faculty includes experts in communication in health care, palliative care, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. The intimacy of the setting combined with the experience of the facilitators and participants from across the globe should bring together a rare combination of intention, commitment, and concern for the care of our patients as well as the care of their caregivers.
Sponsored by the University of Rochester Office of Continuing Professional Education, this training intensive will be led by physicians and mindful communication authorities Ron Epstein, MD, Michael Krasner, MD, FACP, Patricia Lück MBChB, MPhil PallMed and David Monsour, MD, DABA. In response to the increasing pace and complexity of medical practice, physicians and other health professionals are experiencing unprecedented levels of job dissatisfaction and burnout, affecting their sense of well-being and the quality of care they provide. A powerful but under-recognized approach to these challenges is to enhance physicians’ capacity for mindfulness. Mindfulness in medicine refers to the ability to be aware, in the present moment, on purpose, with the intention of providing better care to patients and of taking better care of ourselves. Mindfulness is at the core of clinical competence. The proposed program will give participants the skills and tools necessary to bring mindful communication into daily clinical practice and continuing education.