The Doctor Will Meditate with You Now – Implementing Mindful Medical Group Visits into Clinical Settings

Event Date: October 4th, 2022

Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

The Doctor Will Meditate with You Now – Implementing Mindful Medical Group Visits into Clinical Settings

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Title: The Doctor Will Meditate with You Now – Implementing Mindful Medical Group Visits into Clinical Settings

Presenter: 
Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

Director of Primary Care Implementation Research at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance | Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Massachusetts School.

Description: This will be a discussion of the facilitators and barriers of implementing integrative medicine and mindfulness into the medical group visit model. We will discuss how group visits are being used as a model for increasing health equity.  

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 4 | 8:00am – 9:00am US EDT
Cost: Free. CME credit available
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Speaker Biography:

Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH, is director of Primary Care Implementation Research at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Massachusetts School. She directs the group medical visit program in the Center for Integrated Primary Care. She is also vice president of the board for the center for integrated group medical visits. In addition to completing her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, she also completed a three-year Clinical Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Faculty Development at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gardiner, with funding from NIH and a PCORI grant, focuses her research on mindfulness, technology, and health disparities and increasing access in low-income patients. Current research is focused on the adaptive role of a Medical Group Visit combining mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and a medical group visit to support health behavior change and reducing pain and stress. Dr. Gardiner is leading the implementation of this medical group visit model nationally and provides training on medical group visits around the United States. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers on chronic pain, health disparities, technology, dietary supplements, stress, and integrative medicine in underserved patients. She also has an interest in clinician stress and resiliency. As a researcher in mindfulness, she became a certified meditation teacher completing a 2-year training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, a Mindful Self Compassion teacher completing training with Chris Germer, and has led MBSR classes.