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CATCHING UP WITH LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE (LEAPS IN IM) GRADUATES

Megan Brandeland, University of Minnesota, class of 2015
(LEAPS 2012)
Resilience in Medicine Workshop

I organized a 2-part mindfulness-based "Resilience in Medicine" workshop that was open to all medical students in years 1-4. We had about 30 students attend each of the sessions (about 50% attended both). At each session, we had two guest speakers from the local integrative medicine community (one PA and three MDs). Sessions included "Self as Healer", "Meditation 101", "Mindful Movement" and "Resilience in Medicine." With skills obtained during LEAPS, I was able to write a receive an additional grant for $4000 from the medical school which allowed us to provide each participant with books and articles about mindfulness in medicine, tote bags and a healthy lunch. We administered surveys after each of the sessions and received very positive feedback from all of the students involved.

Exposure: 45 students

We had a book group of about 10 medical students who continued to meet over the remainder of the school year to work through one of the books provided at the workshop. One of these students recently told me that she was using the book again to help her through the (very stressful) residency interview season. Two years after the workshop I heard positive feedback from two of the students who had attended but which I didn't really know well at the time. They both said that the conference really made a difference for them and they were so happy they could attend. It was surprising for me to hear this because I hadn't really spoken to them since the conference.