The Division of General, Geriatric, Palliative, and Hospital Medicine has been instrumental in developing continuing education programs at UVA designed to advance wellness, facilitate cultural change, and promote the highest level of quality and safety in patient care.
As interest in mindfulness continues to grow and more opportunities to learn and practice are available, the Mindfulness Center is committed to providing high-quality, evidence-based mindfulness instruction. The Center offers courses in:
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Mindfulness for Healthcare Employees
- Mindfulness Renewal
- Mindful Eating
Many participants choose to also attend the day-long retreats that are offered in conjunction with the courses and/or the Tuesday night meditation group.
The Center can also create custom programs for organizations and businesses.
Wisdom in Medicine
By bringing together narrative, qualitative and quantitative approaches, the study of wisdom and the importance of the life story can enter into the realm of scientific investigation and medical training. At UVA, we are exploring the nature of wisdom and human adaptation to adversity in the context of patient experiences living with chronic pain and physician responses in the aftermath of serious medical error, culminating in the PBS documentary Choosing Wisdom: The Path Through Adversity and publication of Choosing Wisdom: Strategies and Inspiration for Growing Through Life-Changing Difficulties. Explore patient and physician exemplars that provide a rich body of narrative to aid in the discovery of the qualities, traits or circumstances that give rise to the development of wisdom through adversity.
Center for Appreciative Practice
Established in 2007, the UVA Center for Appreciative Practice purposefully nurtures a collaborative culture that “moves as one.” This approach encourages positive energy, dialogue, inquiry and reflection, beginning with the deceptively simple question: What do we look like when we’re at our best?
Consultants work with University and community-based groups to facilitate improvements in clinical care, education and interprofessional communication while teaching and modeling the appreciative inquiry approach. Our UVA experience has been published in Appreciative Inquiry in Healthcare: Positive Questions to Bring out the Best. Explore what the process of appreciative inquiry could do for your group.