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Mindful Medical Practice

An eight-week elective course for the 4th year medical students.

February 9 — March 1, 2016

Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays (February 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25; March 1), 8:30 – 11:00 am

Retreat Day: Sunday, February 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Place: Coach House (next to the Education Building), Room 200, 2nd floor, 3715 Peel Street
(on February 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & March 1, 2016)

McIntyre Medical Building, 5th floor, Room: 519, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
(on February 28, 2016 only)

Led by: Dr. Patricia Dobkin 

Cost: $25.00

This elective is based on an 8-week program entitled, Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice that is provided through the McGill Programs in Whole Person Care to physicians and allied health care professionals. It is designed to assist students in enhancing their well-being as well as that of their patients. It is modeled after the University of Massachusetts Medical School Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program that has been offered to patients and health care providers for the past 25 years. The program encourages students to access their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stressors. This involves training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges of clinical work.

Goals and Learning Objectives:

  • to aid medical students in identifying and dealing effectively with stressors
  • to improve patient care by enabling future physicians to practice medicine mindfully.
  • to provide tools for living more consciously in the present moment.

Students will need to purchase the practice manual for $25.00. They can write a check payable to McGill University or bring cash on the first day of class when Dr. Dobkin will hand out the manuals.

This course is experiential in nature, i.e., students learn through practice. Its aim is to teach students how to manage stress effectively in both their professional and personal lives. They will learn different meditation techniques as well as gentle yoga as a means of knowing that the mind and body are connected. Emphasis will be placed on how mindfulness can be brought to medical practice.

Students should come with an open mind, curiosity about meditation and how the mind-body connection pertains to well-being – their own and that of their patients. All students are requested to complete an online CONFIDENTIAL questionnaire BEFORE the first class. The same questionnaires will be administered at the end of the elective. Please bring a YOGA mat to each class.

For more information call 514-398-2298 or angelica [dot] todireanu [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) .