Wellness Programs

Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction "is a conscious discipline revolving around a particular way of paying attention in one's life. It can be most simply described as the intentional cultivation of nonjudgmental moment-to moment awareness" - Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Wellness Programs

Team-Based Wellness Programming for BWH Staff

Whether you find yourself struggling with the inevitable stresses of life, or you are thinking about making a resolution to incorporate wellness into your life, or you are merely curious about meditation, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) for Health Care Providers is available.

In January 2013 and 2014 Dr. Jo Shapiro (Director of the BWH Center for Professionalism and Peer Support) and Pamela Seigle (Executive Director of Courage & Renewal Northeast) facilitated a program for BWH staff entitled "Finding Balance: Mindfulness and Reflection in Work and Life." This program was jointly sponsored by the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support and the BWH Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.

Dr. Morana Lasic, attending in Anesthesia,  is trained as a MBSR instructor.  She lead a course at BWH that is an adaptation of the MBSR program  taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, established by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. The Center for Mindfulness is an internationally acclaimed institute and is part of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the UMass Medical School.

Courage and Renewal Retreats

In June of 2008 leaders and thinkers in medicine, interested in learning how to promote a culture of trust within their own work community, gathered. This opportunity came about through an amazing group called Courage & Renewal Northeast (CRNE) at Wellesley College. CRNE is an affiliate of the national Center for Courage & Renewal, and its work is based on the writings and activism of educator and thought leader Parker J. Palmer.

Effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual, and so the group explored how one's selfhood affects the way we relate to colleagues, our work, our organization, and our world.

Two wonderful and talented people, Pamela Seigle and Penny Williamson, who are both experienced Courage & Renewal Facilitators, facilitated this retreat. Both Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita of Wellesley College, and Dr. Shapiro were intimately involved in the planning and the experience itself. Thanks to a grant from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, this was completely free of any cost.

Let us know of your interest in attending potential future retreats at BWHCPPS@partners.org


Wellness References
  • O'Reilly KB. Using mindfulness to soothe physician stress: doctors find relief from burnout symptoms in relaxation techniques designed to keep them focused on factors they control, such as patient communication. AMA News: Posted Jan. 7, 2013.
  • Krasner MS, Epstein RM, Beckman H, Suchman AL, Chapman B, Mooney CJ, Quill TE. Association of an educational program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy, and attitudes among primary care physicians. JAMA. 2009 Sep 23;302(12):1284-93.
  • Shapiro, J. When we err. CRICO/ RMF. January 2008.
  • Schwappach, D., Boluarteb, T., The emotional impact of medical error involvement on physicians: a call for leadership and organisational accountability. The European Journal of Medical Sciences. Oct 14, 2008.
  • Hu YY, Fix ML, Hevelone ND, Lipsitz SR, Greenberg CC, Weissman JS, Shapiro J. Physicians' needs in coping with emotional stressors: the case for peer support. JAMA Surg. 2012 Mar;147(3):212-7.
  • When Things Go Wrong, Responding to Adverse Events. A Consensus Statement of the Harvard Hospitals, March 2006.
  • Helmreich, Davies. Culture, threat and error: lessons from aviation. Can J Anesth 2004; 51:6
  • Gallagher T, et al. Patients’ and physicians’ attitudes regarding the disclosure of medical errors. JAMA 2003; 289:1001-7.
  • Palmer, P. Let Your Life Speak, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 2001.
  • Wu, A, et al: To tell the truth: Ethical and practical issues in disclosing medical mistakes to patients. JGIM 1997; 12: 770-775.
  • Leape L. Error in medicine. JAMA 1994; 272:1851-57.


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