Wellness Programs

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. These programs include:

Center for Appreciative Practice &  Wisdom in Medicine

The Center sponsors the bimonthly Schwartz Rounds, a moderated forum for discussing social and emotional issues connected with patient care. The Center also hosts the Wisdom & Wellbeing Speaker Series which presents the latest research in improving well-being, life satisfaction and the cultivation of wisdom.

The Mindfulness Center

As interest in mindfulness continues to grow and more opportunities to learn and practice are available, the Mindfulness Center remains committed to providing high-quality, evidence-based mindfulness instruction. The Center offers eight-week courses in:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers
  • Mindfulness for Teachers and Educators
  • The Science and Practice of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Reconnect

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.

Institute for Quality & Patient Safety

The institute sponsors the Quality & Safety Leadership in Academic Medicine (QSLAM) course which incorporates principles of quality improvement and patient safety, lean methodologies in support of the UVA Health System’s “Be Safe” initiative, process improvement skills, and expert panels showcasing successful quality improvement work. The course is typically offered once to twice yearly in varying formats from a 1½ day course to a multiple 1-2 hour session series.