For the first ever Mindfulness-based Physician Resilience retreat, 20 physicians came from across the US to learn during the Martin Luther King holiday in January. There were a wide range of medical specialties represented, from Psychiatry to Family Medicine, Palliative Care to Radiology, General Internal Medicine to Obstetrics. Physicians trudged bravely to Massachusetts in the dead of winter from such points as California, Washington state, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Florida. The commonality was a desire to develop tools to manage the many stressors of practice.
What Physicians Had to Say about the Physician Mindfulness Retreat
The learning was completely experiential from interactive exercises to journaling to yoga. Mornings began with morning meditation and yoga. Dr. Paula Gardiner and I gave talks but there was no boring powerpoint!
- How training sets us up for burnout and doesn’t give us the skills we need to manage it
- Ways to work with your judging mind to decrease suffering
- Building self-compassion as a way to manage self-doubt and the Imposter Syndrome
- Strategies to manage challenging emotions and cultivate positive ones
- Tips for spending more time being and less time doing
From a walking meditation to the ocean, to the hot tub (with suits!), to delicious chef-prepared meals, and time with new colleagues, in addition to all the learning, this physician resilience retreat provided many opportunities to relax and renew.