The Mindful Medical Learner


“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.”

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
Professor of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“The development of whole person care will involve doctors and other healthcare professionals solving a different kind of medical puzzle by learning new knowledge and doing different things in their medical practice”

Dr. Tom Hutchinson
Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Director of the Whole Person Care program at McGill University

“We are on the front lines of human suffering as clinicians and healthcare professionals; that relationship between the patient and clinician can be a life raft in the midst of a storm for patients with a new diagnosis of cancer or having to deal with the loss of a loved one.”

Dr. Mark Sherman
Family Doctor, Executive Director of the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM) as well as the founder of Living this Moment

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Words Matter  

The average person speaks about 16 000 words in one day. Sixteen thousand words spoken over 24 hours to your pets, your neighbour, your partner, maybe even yourself. Learning this made me wonder; how many words do I generate and receive during a day in clinic, interacting with patients, their families, colleagues, and everyone in…

CaRMS: 5 key things to keep in mind

It’s official, spooky season is around the corner and so is CaRMS. I went through this process not too long ago myself, and as stressful and challenging it is, you WILL get through it in one piece! I wanted to share a few thoughts I had along the way. Between covering the multiple financial costs…

Post-pandemic lessons

In April 2020, Tomos Roberts, a 26-year film maker, released a poem called “The Great Realization”. It has now been viewed millions of times and is available in multiple languages. Through it, he provokes reflection about the resilience of communities the world over during the COVID-19 pandemic – about the potential good that came of…

The power of using “and” in the place of “but”

Imagine you’ve just come out of an observed clinical encounter with a patient. You are eager to hear the positive feedback and constructive criticism from a supervisor. You sit down with your staff and they say: “You did a great job, but -” How would you feel? Let’s imagine instead they say: “You did a…

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