Integrative Medicine Group Visits
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The Integrative Medicine Group Visits (IMGVs) program is an 8-week clinical program that combines Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR; see below for more information) with patient education and integrative medicine therapies. IMGVs take place in the Family Medicine clinic at Boston Medical Center. Each week, a group of 8-10 patients meet for 2.5 hours in a group co-led by a family medicine physician and MBSR instructor. Patients practice MBSR with the instructor, discuss a health topic relevant to the group with the physician, and then participate in an integrative medicine activity like yoga, cooking, massage, or acupuncture. IMGVs incorporate time for individual patient care following the group visit. Additionally, a meal is served each week.
Integrative Medicine Group Visits will teach you a special type of meditation called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
- Mindfulness is paying attention.
- Mindfulness is being in the present moment without judgment.
- Mindfulness helps us to develop greater awareness and acceptance.
- A way of reducing stress.
- An ability to be less reactive to a wide range of situations.
- An ability to be present, to be fully awake to life.
- A method for increasing concentration and focus.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction will teach you some simple ‘tools’ for everyday use. This is a practice that you can carry with you into every aspect of your life, both at home and at work.