Improves Physician Well-being

meditation-image-102Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have designed a continuing medical education (CME) course focused on improving physician well-being through mindful communication and meditation techniques. Physician burnout has long been an issue for medical practitioners, with up to 60% of physicians reporting high levels of personal and professional distress. Physicians participated in an 8-week intensive phase, which was followed by a 10-month maintenance period and encompassed mindfulness meditation, self-awareness exercises, and group discussion, among other activities. This new program has demonstrated improvement in participants’ sense of well-being, empathy, exhaustion levels and attitudes. The study also showed participants’ lower levels of reactivity to stressful events, and assisted them in cultivating a resilient attitude when confronted with adversity.