The Resilience and Mindfulness Program for Clinicians

Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice

Prescribing clinicians, including doctors of medicine, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are invited to take part in the Resilience and Mindfulness Program, which will address the stress associated with practicing medicine in today’s health care environment. The course is designed to enhance clinicians’ satisfaction with their work while improving the quality of care they provide.

Adapted from an evidence-based curriculum,* the course uses didactic presentations, small group interactions and mindfulness practice to increase capacities in self-observation, empathy and communication. The curriculum is proven to reduce burnout and increase resilience in practicing physicians.

The program consists of eight two-hour meetings on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 17 and ending Nov. 5. Additionally, there will be three follow-up sessions throughout the year. The meetings will be conveniently located on the BU Medical Campus. Dinner and necessary materials are included in the one time $50 fee.

The course will be co-directed by Paula Gardiner, MD, assistant director of the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities, and Karen Brouhard, LICSW, counselor at the BU Faculty & Staff Assistance Office. This initiative is sponsored by the BMC Wellness Committee, the Program in Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities, and the BU Faculty & Staff Assistance Office.

You could find more information about the course at the BMC Resilience and Mindfulness Program webpage. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact Karen Brouhard at or at 617-638-5381.

*The program is adapted from the Mindful Communication curriculum designed and tested by physicians at the University of Rochester.