19 May 2020
During this live (and unrecorded event) Dr. Tom Hutchinson spoke about the role of mindfulness in physician and medical trainee wellbeing and its utility in direct patient care. Dr. Hutchinson and students in attendance discussed the issue of medical trainee “burnout” and “erosion of empathy” and how medical learners may benefit from practicing mindfulness meditation. Dr. Hutchinson also spoke to the rationale for why mindfulness has been incorporated in the McGill medical curriculum. Finally, the role of mindfulness as a tool to manage wellness during the current pandemic was explored.
Dr. Thomas Hutchinson is a professor in the Department of Medicine and the director of the Whole Person Care program at McGill. He is also the author of the book, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century. Dr. Hutchinson has decades of experience as a nephrologist and palliative care physician, and has worked to co-develop and teach the Whole Person Care program that is part of the curriculum at McGill Medicine.