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
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.
Are CME credits
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
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
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