BIOL 6507: Elective in Mindfulness Training

Student Leaders: 
Mason Hedberg, BMSIV
Faculty Adviser: 
Willoughby Britton

Mindfulness practice improves working memory, concentration, skillful communication, and capacity for empathy and compassion.  It also decreases circulating cortisol, genomic expression of inflammatory mediators, and is the only proven intervention for burnout.  Mindfulness practice begins with exercises designed to cultivate perfect voluntary control over one's own attention - attain "mastery of the mind."  Participants will become proficient in these exercises, consider and discuss the clinical implications of mindfulness practice, and gain a framework to continue mindfulness practice throughout medical school.