Our Aims

The Mindfulness in Medicine program has two aims:

  1. Support the wellbeing of health care practitioners, residents, medical students, patients, and others through mindfulness, and;
  2. Investigate how mindfulness training influences compassion, joy, career satisfaction, and resilience of primary care clinicians.

The Web site contains lessons for practice in your practice, evidence based research studies, and other resources for improving your health through mindfulness.


The Mindfulness in Medicine program is made possible through generous grants from the Mental Insight Foundation and from the Mai Family Foundation.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is widely recognized as a healthy way to manage stress and improve wellbeing. It can be practiced in many different ways. Mindfulness practice aims to bring attention to selected objects of focus (such as the sensations of breathing or a patient encounter) with awareness to the present moment with non-judgmental acknowledgment of what is happening.

More Definitions of Mindfulness:

  • Mindfulness is paying attention intentionally with a certain attitude (acceptance, non-judging, openness, curiosity, kindness, non-striving, patience, letting go, trust, non-reactivity)
  • Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
  • Mindfulness means being with what is.
  • Mindfulness means remembering to pay attention to what is occurring in one’s immediate experience with care and discernment.
  • Mindfulness is the bare awareness of what is happening now without judgment, commentary, or decision.
  • Mindfulness is a clear awareness of what is happening each moment. It has a quality of fullness, a bringing of our whole heart and mind, our full attention to each moment. It is observing and experiencing without reacting.
  • Mindfulness brings the mind and body together in the same place at the same time.

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