Gentle Yoga resumes in Jan. 2014

January 9th, 2014

Join us for gentle yoga on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:15 pm in the Moakley lower level. Classes resume January 7, 2014, taught by Betsy Simmons.

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The Healer’s Art

November 18th, 2013

The Healer’s Art is a spring semester elective directed towards first and second year medical students that addresses the human dimension of medicine over five evening sessions. Each three hour session is divided into a large-group and small-group experience. Small groups are facilitated by  medical school physicians. Each session builds upon the insights and content of the previous session. Major themes of the course include:

  • Sustaining idealism and altruism
  • Medicine as a calling
  • Cultivating compassion
  • Healing loss
  • Learning tools to prevent stress and burnout


“In The Healer’s Art course, I learned it is okay to love my patients.”


-M2 student


“The Healer’s Art renewed my sense of honor, awe, and responsibility in medicine.”

-M1 student


Spring 2015 Course Dates

Date & Time Topic
1/21 6:30-9:30pm Restoring Balance
1/28 6:30-9:30pm Sharing Grief and Honoring Loss Part I
2/4 6:30-9:30pm Sharing Grief and Honoring Loss – Part II
2/11 6:30-9:30pm Mystery and Awe in Medicine
2/25 6:30-9:30pm Medicine as a Calling

Enrollment is limited. The Course is sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine and is directed by Katherine Gergen-Barnett, MD. To register for the class, or if you have any questions, please email Florence Laforest, course administrator, at

Dr. Paula Gardiner publishes article about Integrative Medicine curricula in residency programs

October 17th, 2013

The study results, which are published online in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, were collected using data from an online survey completed by 212 national residency program directors. The study was led by Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH, assistant professor of family medicine at BUSM and assistant director of integrative medicine at Boston Medical Center. See BUMC’s press release for more information.

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TriYoga Fundraiser to benefit Integrative Medicine at BMC

September 3rd, 2013

Yoga for Health Fundraiser for the Boston Medical Center
September 8th, 2013

TriYoga Boston is hosting a fundraiser for Integrative Medicine at BMC on Sunday, September 8 from 11:30-4:30 pm. Classes are by donation and all proceeds will benefit the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities. See the fundraiser flyer for more information.

11:30 – 12:30 Chair Yoga – Suitable for those with movement issues including MS and PD and those who have difficulty getting on and off the floor.

12:00 – 1:00  Blooming Lotuses I, Girls Ages 7 – 10A class to empower young girls while promoting self-esteem, healthy body image, and a mindful presence.

1:00 – 2:15  Free the Spine – a Class for back sufferers. Learn some simple techniques you can do at home to strengthen core muscles, learn optimal alignment, and release tension.

1:30 – 2:30  Blooming Lotuses II, Girls Ages 11-13 – An energizing and inspirational practice that fuses self-study, imaginative poses, and methods for stress and anxiety management

2:30 – 3:45 Yoga for Stress Reduction – Yoga is one of the best stress reduction techniques in existence. Learn simple techniques for relieving stress from the mind and body.

4:00 – 4:30 Dr. Robert Saper – a Vision for the Future of Healthcare - Come and hear a visionary model for healthcare, and what Dr. Saper’s research has shown about the results.

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National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems spotlights BMC’s Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities

May 2nd, 2013

The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems represents America’s safety net hospitals and health systems. These facilities provide high-quality health services for all patients, including the uninsured and underinsured, regardless of ability to pay. Boston Medical Center is the largest safety net hospital in New England.


This month, NAPH features an article on BMC’s Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities. To read the full article, check out their site.

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Nov. 30: Escape Fire screening at Boston University School of Public Health

November 26th, 2012

This Friday, November 30 the Boston University School of Public Health Students for Quality Health Care group will be screening the documentary Escape Fire followed by a panel discussion.


The film will start at 5 pm in Keefer auditorium. All BUSPH and BUSM members are welcome.


Click here for more information:

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South End artist and BMC patient Gisela Griffith featured on

October 3rd, 2012

A detailed piece on artist Gisela Griffith’s new exhibit–being displayed at BMC’s Shapiro Center–can be found here

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Play the BMC Wellness Scavenger Hunt, enter to win an iPad 2!

September 17th, 2012

The recently launched Boston Medical Center Wellness Program is sponsoring an online scavenger hunt to promote their new website.  First prize is an iPad 2, and the second place winner will receive a free massage from the Integrative Medicine massage therapist. To visit the BMC Wellness Program website, click here. Details about the scavenger hunt can be found at

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Secrets of Nature: Collaborative Embroidery Project by Cancer Survivors

September 13th, 2012

Visit the Secrets of Nature embroidery exhibit at Boston Medical Center, conceived and curated by South End artist Gisela Griffith.
The beautiful artwork of some of Boston Medical Center’s own patients is on display in the Shapiro Lobby from September 12-26th. For more information, click here.

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BMC Doctor Named to CMS Innovation Advisory Program Aimed at Improving Patient Care

September 7th, 2012

Winnie Suen, MD, MSc, a geriatrician and palliative care consultant at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has been selected as a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program. The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center, will help health professionals deepen or sharpen skills that drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. Read the entire news release at

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