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Michael Krasner, MD, FACP

Fostering Mindful Teams and Culture

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear insights on how mindfulness can help to cultivate healthy teams and transform the cultures of our healthcare institutions

  • Learn about the negative behaviors that lead to ineffective teams, the impact that that can have, and how to avoid these outcomes

  • Explore how mindfulness practices can create a safe space where healthcare providers can open up about challenging experiences

About Michael Krasner, MD, FACP

Michael Krasner (he/him), MD, FACP is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and practices full-time primary care internal medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Krasner has been teaching Mindfulness-Based programs to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 20 years, involving over 3500 participants and more than 1500 health professionals, and continues to facilitate Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for employees and dependents of the University of Rochester. He was the project director of Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, funded by the Physicians Foundation for Health Systems Excellence, with results reported in JAMA in September 2009. This program led to the establishment of Mindful Practice Programs at the University of Rochester which he co-directs, offering continuing educational programs to health professionals and educators locally and internationally for the past 10 years, and includes a multi-year teacher training program for future facilitators of Mindful Practice. He is engaged in a variety of research projects including the investigations of the effects of mindfulness practices on the immune system in the elderly, on chronic psoriasis, and on caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. You can learn more about his work at the Mindful Practice website and Facebook page.

About Reena Kotecha, MBBS, BSc Hons

Dr. Reena Kotecha qualified with a dual degree in Medicine and Neuroscience & Mental from Imperial College London. She spent the early part of her career in the National Health Service, UK, as a hospital doctor. 4 years into her clinical career, the work environment took a toll on Reena's mental health and wellbeing and she took and extended period out of practice. She began studying Ayurvedic medicine and practicing pranayama (yogic breath-work) and mindfulness meditation. With the mission of 'Healthcare starts with Self Care,' Reena set up the 'Mindful Medics' Programme, a program which enables healthcare professionals to come together in a safe setting and discuss their unique challenges whilst also encompassing tools and techniques to improve self care and wellbeing. Reena also delivers talks, workshops and courses across many sectors outside of healthcare. Learn more about Reena and her work on her website.

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  1. Kanchi October 7, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    A mind opening conversation. The idea that we as medics cannot really interrupt the arc that begins with birth, proceeds through aging and illness, and ends in death is a truth I have come to appreciate. The idea that we can however be present with people as they travel this arc and thus affect the quality of their journey with that presence really resonated with me. Thank you.

  2. Rangaswami Padmini October 7, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Very illuminating!

  3. Michael S Krasner October 6, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Thanks Lisa. Looking forward to your presence there as well!

  4. Lisa de Jonge October 6, 2020 at 8:56 am

    How good this lecture has done me! The realization that as an individual I do indeed contribute, however small the contribution, to a change in the culture at our institute.
    Thank you so much Mick Krasner, I feel surprisingly supported and of value in my work by your story. I am already looking forward to the facilitator course in December.

  5. Mayu Gonzalez October 5, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you Dr. Krasner for sharing your expertise.

  6. Jean Ellis-Sankari October 5, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you for this dialogue. So appreciated!

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