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501 Mindfulness & Medicine
Course 501 Mindfulness & Medicine: Foundation and Clinical Application is a 4-part course designed for clinicians of all specialties and training levels. The course introduces the topic of mindfulness, including supporting research and relevance to day-to-day medical practice. Interactive case examples, including those addressing the use of mindfulness in individual and organizational burnout prevention, are used to help the student move from concept to the application of new skills.  A rich collection of immediately usable resources and references is provided.

Part One: Mindfulness & Medicine: Introduction and Research Update

 Outcome Objectives

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the history of mindfulness practice and its potential value in the medical setting.
  2. Discuss three research findings that support the incorporation of mindfulness into medical practice and explain how these could enhance one’s individual practice.
  3. Describe physiologic benefits of mindfulness and how harnessing these physiologic changes could enhance the heath of both patient and practitioner.
Part Two: Overview of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

 Outcome Objectives

  1. Demonstrate understanding of how mindfulness-based stress reduction could be used by the practitioner to reduce day-to-day stress and enhance personal mindfulness. 
  2. Explain the five standard elements of MBSR training and how these might be incorporated into a medical practice setting to enhance patient outcomes. 
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with three medical conditions where MBSR has proven beneficial and describe an effective way to introduce mindfulness to patients. 
Part Three: Mindful Language, Empathy, and Compassion 

 Outcome Objectives 

  1. Demonstrate how an understanding of the nuanced difference between empathy and compassion can be protective to clinician wellbeing. 
  2. Recognize the neurophysiologic changes present in an empathic versus compassion-based interaction and how this can be used to guide a more effective patient encounter. 
  3. Describe a patient interaction where mindful use of language may help reduce use of pain medication. 
  4. Describe how the benefits of compassion- based care can enhance a clinician’s resilience over time. 
Part Four: Synthesis, Clinical Application, and Next Steps

 Outcome Objectives

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the evolution of mindfulness as a clinical tool and give an example of how you will implement mindfulness in your practice in the next 4 weeks. 
  2. Assess the various components of MBSR and how you might apply them to one patient population in your practice. 
  3. Recognize and explain the difference between empathy and compassion and how this will inform your ability to improve communication with patients.
  4. Describe one example of how you will introduce he use of mindful language your practice setting. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and the Academy of Pediatric Integrative Medicine. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Current CME approval period: September 1, 2020- August 31, 2022. Date of most recent review September 1, 2020.
  • Passing the course requires completion of all lessons and a minimum 80% score on all course quizzes, with two attempts allowed per quiz.

All CME-approved Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this activity.

Please note no refunds are available after purchase of course. 


Hilary McClafferty, MD