Understanding Mindfulness for Physicians and the Medical Community
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This means:
- putting aside concerns about past events and worries about the future
- learning to view thoughts as mental events and not as reality
- deliberately focusing on what is happening right now, in a kindhearted way
Mindfulness involves being present with what’s going on in one’s life with kind awareness, questioning thoughts and assumptions, replacing judgment with compassion, and moving beyond preconceptions.
Why is mindfulness important for physicians?
Mindfulness provides a path to finding calm in the storm. As physicians, we excel at processing information and multitasking. We spend so much time “Human Doing” that we struggle with “Human Being.” All that doing leaves us spent and reactive to challenging people and circumstances. Mindfulness helps us regain our footing in the present and step off the cycle of reactivity.
What is Mindfulness-based Physician Coaching™?
Mindfulness-based Physician Coaching™ is Dr. Gazelle’s unique approach to helping physicians avoid burnout, decreasing reactivity, improving leadership, and developing true presence at work and at home. Utilizing a wide variety of evidence-based techniques, Mindfulness-based Physician Coaching™ helps physicians improve work satisfaction, create more balance, and lead more fulfilling lives.
“With Gail’s mindfulness coaching, I have more authenticity, ease, and enjoyment both at work and at home. The challenges in professional and family life remain, but I am more efficient and at ease with my clinical work, more comfortable with a wider range of emotions, and am living a much happier and full life.”
To find out more about Mindfulness-based Physician Coaching™, please contact us today.
What is Dr. Gazelle’s experience with mindfulness?
Dr. Gazelle has utilized mindfulness practices for the past two decades. In 2013 her book, Mindfulness Support for Alzheimer’s Caregivers, a Harvard Health Guide was published by Harvard Health Publications. In 2015 her mindfulness coaching was featured in the Physician Leadership Journal.
Dr. Gazelle participated in the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindful Physician Leadership programs, and the University of Rochester Medical Center Mindful Practice course. She teaches mindfulness to all second year Internal Medicine residents at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as part of resilience training. To be the best possible physician coach she can be, she is currently honing her skills by studying directly with two leaders in the field, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.