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Ronald Epstein, MD

Where To Get Started With Mindfulness

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn the 3 components of implementing sustainable on-the-job mindfulness and the essential factors in a successful medical practice

  • Discover things you can do right now to make your workplace more supportive for yourself, your colleagues, and your patients

  • Hear how mindfulness can help you work from the foundation of your values and find what's truly important to you in your medical practice


About Ronald Epstein, MD

Ron Epstein is family physician, palliative care physician, teacher, researcher, and author of Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity (Scribner, 2017). He is internationally known for his groundbreaking research and educational programs to promote effective communication and mindful practice in healthcare, with a focus on difficult end-of-life conversations. He has over 250 publications, including Mindful Practice (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999) which catalyzed the incorporation of mindfulness in medicine and medical education. You can learn more about Dr. Epstein and his work at his website.

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert, is a nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. As a nurse, she has worked in emergency, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work. She is trained as a Nurse Coach through The Nurse Coach Collective. To learn more about Rheanna's work, the evidenced-based signs and symptoms of moral injury and burnout, and the guided questions to establish your next steps, click here.

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7 Comments

  1. Jyoti Gupta May 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot I am really grateful ??

  2. Tania Von Visger May 26, 2019 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Thank you for the perfect analogy to illustrate how we can strive/grow/blossom like a lotus flower in the murky, “toxic” environment of our current health care system. It seems that some type of mindful practice must be cultivated for healthcare professionals from day 1 of their training so that they adopt the practice (of their likings/ comfort level) and making it a habit throughout their careers.

    Nurses = community? reflection? awareness? breath awareness? movement practice?
    Doctors = pause? community connection? body-awareness meditation?
    PT./ OT/ RT/ Pharmacists = meditation

    Whatever would fit in their training curriculum with administrative support.

    Excellent presentation. Lotus is my favorate flower. Thank you.

  3. Leonardo González Torres May 26, 2019 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Thank you so much!

  4. delia calixtro May 25, 2019 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I love the metaphor of the muddy waters and how that relates to any internal or external unpleasantness

  5. Lisa Finn May 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the mindful practice work and this conversation.

  6. Malcolm May 24, 2019 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    What hit home for me was the reflection on the isolation and disconnection in practicing medicine and one of the remedies: to share our stories with each other and listen mindfully. An inspiring discussion. Thank you.

  7. Krista Bradley May 24, 2019 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    What an excellent talk. Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Thank you for so succinctly discussing toxic environments. I will now be able to identify better what is the source of a current toxicity and mindful ways in which I can help improve the environment.

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