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Ronald Epstein, MD

Cultivating Compassionate Presence and Improving Patient-Provider Communication

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What You'll Learn

  • Discover how to improve your communication with patients by practicing the qualities of attentive observation, critical curiosity, beginner’s mind, and presence

  • Hear the research on how physician emotional responsiveness and attunement can positively impact patient satisfaction and health outcomes

  • Learn about Dr. Epstein’s new research that illustrates how racial implicit bias is manifesting today in healthcare and how mindfulness can help reduce implicit bias

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 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. Teodora Espinoza Torres October 7, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you very much for this Summit. As a Neuroscientist myself, It has been wonderful learning from your research and experience.

    I am currently working as a research assistant in Australia and we are designing a study to improve the wellbeing of people who are in palliative care. I’m interested in delivering mindfulness practices in my research as a part of one of the interventions.

    Dr. Epstein and Dr. Kotecha I have a question regarding qualifications related to delivering mindfulness for palliative care.

    In my experience, I have found many different types of meditation training but some of them may not be applicable for this research.

    What do you think are the most appropriate qualifications I can start work on to support the needs of people who are in palliative care?

    I have been a meditator for 10 years and have attended Vipassana retreats in the past.

  2. KA Barrett Consulting October 7, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Thank you.

  3. Kanchi October 5, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    In my 25 years as a physician I have come to learn that being present with a patient often relieves suffering even before the prescription is written. I think I have managed to enjoy what I do in many ways by actively unlearning some of the things we were taught in medical school about being objective and being detached when dealing with patients…and learning through real life that the human connection is the reason I went into this work, and it is what keeps me in it. Dr Epstein your talk has reaffirmed that lesson for me. Thank you not just for the talk but for the work you are doing to impart this learning to the new generations of physicians.

  4. Mayu Gonzalez October 4, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    How right you are Dr. Epstein! I have a lot to say about my experiences when having the need of visiting a doctor. The excuse I can make about not connecting with every patient is the limited time doctors are aloud to spend with each client.
    My hope is that doctors, as well as patients, will be in the same page, to find the wellbeing outcome.
    Thank you for sharing yourvaluable experiences and wisdom.

  5. Jean Ellis-Sankari October 4, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you for this inspiring dialogue! How far we have really come in the past twenty years. Yes, hopeful.

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