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Mind Body Medicine: Its Role in Compassionate Care – Harvard Medical School

October 20, 2016 - October 23, 2016


“Mind Body Medicine: Its Role in Compassionate Care” is geared towards healthcare professionals who work with populations suffering from conditions influenced by allostasis and allostatic load (burden of oxidative stress rendering loss of homeostasis) and who plan to include self-care management interventions as part of their patients’ participatory treatment for these conditions. The Scientific rationale for these interventions, evidence of efficacy, and skill development are addressed. The course will incorporate didactic lectures, panel presentations, Q&A sessions and workshops to engage learners in the educational process.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define the body’s response to stress, known as allostasis and allostatic load, and the role it plays in the development or exacerbation of medical conditions
  • Recognize how lifestyle modification builds resiliency and how stress and trauma compromise resiliency
  • Enrich patient-provider relationship to affect patient outcomes
  • Develop skills in a variety of meditation methods that elicit the relaxation response
  • Evaluate the epidemiology of provider burnout and its consequences and develop strategies to lower your risk
  • Enhance functional expression of empathy to improve clinical performance and personal resiliency
  • Summarize up-to-date brain imaging changes that develop in response a variety of meditation techniques that elicit the relaxation response
  • Translate mind-body practices for use with children and young adults
  • Apply mind-body interventions in the treatment of multiple disease symptomatology
  • Improve your ability to motivate patients towards sustainable behavior change
  • Formulate a more integrative model of patient care

Target Audience

This course is targeted to Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Psychologists, Physician Assistant, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, and other Health Professionals. This course may also be of interest to physicians who practice in Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, Critical Care and Trauma, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Healthcare Education and Leadership, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Lifestyle and Mind-Body Medicine, Neurology, Oncology and Hematology, Pain Medicine, Palliative Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Psychology and Mental Health, Pulmonary Medicine, Rheumatology, Women’s Health, and Fertility.



Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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