Workshop: “Flourishing at Work: Transforming Healthcare Through Mindful Practice”

Monday, Oct. 28 | 3:45-4:30 p.m. | General Session

Ron Epstein, MD, FAAHPM, Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs; Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Medicine; Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research; Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Mindful practice refers to cultivating qualities of mind during every day practice that promote self-awareness, attentiveness, curiosity, flexibility and presence in the service of improving the quality of care they provide, resilience, and a sense of connection with their work. Mindful clinicians experience lower burnout, provide higher quality care, form stronger relationships with patients, listen more effectively, are more empathic, and are less subject to cognitive and implicit bias. Dr. Epstein will propose ways of becoming more mindful at work and foster institutional cultures that promote mindfulness. 

The Gold Foundation is thrilled to be collaborating with Ron to bring immersive 2-day workshops (other lengths are also available) to Gold Partners Council members at a discount. Learn more about this opportunity.


Ronald Epstein, MD, FAAHPM – a practicing physician, teacher, researcher and writer – has devoted his career to understanding and improving patient-physician communication, quality of care, and clinician mindfulness. He has published groundbreaking research into communication in medical settings and developed innovative educational programs that promote mindfulness, communication and self-awareness.

Dr. Epstein directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program and Mindful Practice Programs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine (Palliative Care).

A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School, he is recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards relating to communication and humanism, a Fulbright fellowship in Barcelona, fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Brocher Institute in Geneva, and, in 2018, the American Cancer Society’s highest award, the Clinical Research Professorship. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters.

His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity, was released in January 2017.