CONTEMPLATIVE MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP

evidence-based training for physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants

Apply by April 30th and receive a $1,000 credit towards tuition!

Join us in changing the culture of care

The Contemplative Medicine Fellowship is an evidence-based twelve-month training for physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants who want to integrate and apply a contemplative approach to their practice of medicine.

 

Designed to support the existing responsibilities of those practicing as clinicians, medical educators, researchers, administrators, or leaders, this innovative and transformative program cultivates and supports practitioners committed to addressing the real and significant challenges in caring for the suffering world.

 

This program will offer continuing education credits (CEs) for all Fellowship-eligible professionals.

 

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An interdisciplinary faculty of visionary teachers, changemakers, and leading clinicians 

Fellows are led through the year-long curriculum by Fellowship guiding teachers Koshin Paley Ellison Sensei, MFA, LMSW, DMIN and Chodo Robert Campbell Sensei, GC-C—co-founders of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care—and Fellowship Medical Director, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, an internationally recognized physician, author, educator and thought leader in integrative medicine.

Free Online Info Session

April 17th, 2024

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Join the Fellowship Guiding Teachers for a conversation on the transformative and the practical aspects of the Fellowship. You will also be able to ask questions, meet other interested practitioners and alumni, and discuss the training in a group setting. This will be the last info session before the early application deadline of April 30th. 

Free Online Info Session

April 17th, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Join the Fellowship Guiding Teachers for a conversation on the transformative and the practical aspects of the Fellowship. You will also be able to ask questions, meet other interested practitioners and alumni, and discuss the training in a group setting. This will be the last info session before the early application deadline of April 30th. 

About the fellowship

Over fifteen years of engagement in healthcare environments, we have heard again and again from clinicians that those providing care must receive the training and support needed to enhance resilience, nurture compassion, and sustain well-being on both sides of the healthcare equation, and a contemplative approach to care is critical in addressing these gaps.

 

Building on our experience and expertise in addressing the crisis in healthcare through contemplative education, the Zen Center launched the Contemplative Medicine Fellowship—a program specifically developed for practicing physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants. Unlike most traditional fellowships, the fellowship site is the practitioner’s own place of practice, and the fellowship is designed to support existing responsibilities.

 

Fellows learn to put into practice the contemplative approach to care which:

the contemplative approach

“Maybe this isn’t the extra-curricular activity you would expect from an orthopedic trauma specialist… Since I entered medical school almost 30 years ago, this has been the most rewarding experience by far.”

Dr. Andrew Grose, Orthopedic Surgeon

Contemplative Medicine Fellow ’22–’23

Peer-Reviewed Research Shows Our Fellowship Reduces Burnout and Cultivates Well-Being and Joy in the Medical Profession

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Peer-Reviewed Research Shows Our Fellowship Reduces Burnout and Cultivates Well-Being and Joy in the Medical Profession

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Program Details

  • Monthly live Zoom-based Training Sessions

  • Online learning consisting of monthly lectures presented by core faculty, visionary teachers, changemakers, and leading physicians supported by accompanying literature and research studies, reflective writing, and case studies

  • Mentorship by core faculty through monthly opportunities for Zoom-based one-on-one meetings scheduled during office hours

  • Daily contemplative practice supported by online teachings from Koshin Sensei, Chodo Sensei, and Tieraona Low Dog, MD

  • Assignments for developing core competencies and applying contemplative practices in your care setting 

  • Two, four-day residential retreats that emphasize contemplative practice, and guided group learning and discussion. Retreat participation will offer continuing education (CE) credits.

  • Completion of a professional development capstone project that allows participants to take their training into their clinical environment or community and examine how that impacts their practice and their life

  • Optional Silent Retreat

The curriculum centers the integration of contemplative practice into daily life as an ongoing foundation for compassionate care, an integrated personal and professional life, resilience, and continual transformation. It is rooted in the Zen Center’s tradition of socially engaged Buddhism with a 1500-year experience-based pedagogical model that is accessible to anyone of any or no tradition.

The core curriculum consists of:

  • Training in meditation and contemplative practices

  • Examining the basis and alleviation of suffering through the basic tenets of Buddhist thought—The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path

  • Training in Contemplative Orientation to Resilience (COR), our evidence-based healthcare intervention emphasizing community, agency, and meaning as sources of strength for clinicians, patients, and co-workers

  • Addressing the roots of social isolation, burnout, loss of meaning, and secondary traumatic stress through the lens of medical and Zen ethics

  • Developing and applying contemplative communication and interpersonal skills for partnership-centered care and leading change

  • Examining core competencies of the practitioner’s profession through the lens of contemplative medicine

  • Integrating contemplative care and values into personal and professional roles

  • Completing a quality improvement capstone project guided by the principles of contemplative medicine that enhances the fellow’s professional practice

    Download an overview of the monthly curriculum here.

The 2024-2025 cohort begins July 27, 2024 and concludes June 29, 2025. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

The First Residential Retreat is scheduled for October 23 – 27, 2024. Location will be announced shortly.

The Closing Residential Retreat is scheduled for June 25 – June 29, 2025. Location will be announced shortly.

 

Monthly zoom-based learning occurs on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET:

 

  • 2024: July 27, August 17, September 21, October (First Residential Retreat), November 16, December 14
  • 2025: January 11, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 17, June (Closing Retreat)

 

Visiting Faculty Sessions occur on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 7:30–8:45 p.m. ET via Zoom with exceptions for holidays.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend an optional silent retreat (Sesshin). A cornerstone of Zen practice, the Japanese word sesshin refers to an intensive period of meditation and literally translates to “touching the heart-mind.” This retreat is scheduled for January 22-26, 2025.

Fellows attend two four-day residential retreats during the Fellowship.

The first retreat is typically in October, emphasizing community building, contemplative practice, and guided group learning and discussion.

The fellowship culminates with a closing retreat, generally held in June, that focuses on integration of the twelve-month training, celebrating capstone projects, and exploring how the cohort will continue to collaborate and support one another post-fellowship.

Retreat locations will be announced shortly, and onsite participation is required.

Fellows are also encouraged to attend an optional silent retreat (Sesshin). A cornerstone of Zen practice, the Japanese word sesshin refers to an intensive period of meditation and literally translates to “touching the heart-mind.” This retreat is held each January.

Please note that required and optional retreats and travel costs are not included in the Fellowship tuition.

Dates can be found in the Program Schedule section.

Tuition for the twelve-month program is $11,750 (payable by check or credit card). This does not include the cost of the two required in-person retreats. 

 

The first non-refundable payment of $5,875 is due 2 weeks after fellows are accepted to the program. The non-refundable balance payment of $5,875 is due one month before the program begins.

 

Alternate payment plans are available for those in need of them.

 

Early Application Discount: Submit your application by April 30th and receive a $1,000 credit towards tuition.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

We are pleased to offer a limited number of partial tuition scholarships based on financial need with a focus on supporting candidates who are:

 

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Primarily working within underserved communities 

 

Scholarship funds are limited and are first come, first awarded. International candidates are encouraged to apply. We encourage applicants to seek tuition assistance from their place of practice before applying for our limited scholarship funds.

 

Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in conjunction with the full application for the Contemplative Medicine Fellowship. 

 

Please note that we often have more scholarship requests than resources available in a given year, and we make every effort to accommodate requests accordingly.  

 

For further information, please contact us at info@zencare.org.

At the center of the Fellowship methodology is a relationship-centered, cohort-based model that builds genuine, enduring fellowship based upon the values of intimacy, curiosity, and courage. Each fellow’s commitment to their own and their peer’s journey simultaneously challenges and supports deep transformation.

 

Unlike traditional fellowships, the fellowship site is the practitioner’s own place of practice—in the midst of their full lives—and the fellowship is designed to provide ongoing training and support to incorporate contemplative practice into the whole of one’s daily life.

 

The fellowship has adopted a low-residency model that immerses participants in contemplative practice and engaged, experiential learning while supporting existing professional responsibilities.

 

Designed for practitioners in multiple professions, roles, and care models, the fellowship also promotes interprofessional collaborative practice leading to improved cooperation, communication, and integration among healthcare in teams.

 

Fellows learn how to transform the way they care for others, their loved ones, and themselves by drawing on the tradition of Zen—the experience of disciplined practice in a shared community.

While medical education and practice has most recently been focused on the understanding of pathophysiology and treatment of disease, it is also a tradition that has long valued caregiving as a priority of clinical intervention (Kleinman 2020). Medicine has also traditionally been considered a healing profession, “but it has neither an operational definition of healing nor explanation of its mechanisms beyond the physiological processes related to curing.” (Egnew 2005)

Reclaiming both compassionate care and the alleviation of suffering as priorities in medicine is the Zen Center’s mission and is the goal of the Fellowship. The twelve-month training seeks to bring together the two streams of the participant’s previous medical training and their contemplative practice, finding their shared roots and creating a contemplative medicine. This rigorous training engenders radical compassion in both the practitioner and the patient, acting as the healing agent of suffering and empowering practitioners to lead change in the culture of care.

To read more about the defining principles guiding the fellowship, click here.

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Apply today

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are now being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Space is limited. Once the Fellowship is fully enrolled, applications will be held for the following academic year.

Apply by April 30th and receive a
$1,000 tuition credit.

To Apply:

Program FAQ's

No, we welcome individuals from any or no formal tradition.

No, applicants need not be part of a formal spiritual community.

The program welcomes applicants from any background who have had an ongoing personal contemplative practice (e.g., meditation, yoga, centering prayer, etc.) for at least six months, have participated in a contemplative retreat, and share our commitment to exploring the intersection of contemplative practice, healthcare, and social action.


At NYZC, we practice the contemplative practice of zazen, or Zen meditation, as a foundational practice in our Contemplative Care training. However, contemplative practices are broad-ranging and unique to individuals and communities—inclusive of meditation, prayer, and deep listening. Please see The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s The Tree of Contemplative Practices, for a more comprehensive exploration of diverse contemplative practices.

The Fellowship retreats will offer continuing education credits for physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants.

Monthly Saturday training days are held virtually via Zoom.


Please see Residential Retreats for information about the opening and closing retreats.

Click here to learn more about the application process.

 

 

Application Deadline Extended​

New Foundations Deadline
August 23rd

We understand that this 9-month dedication to personal growth is a significant commitment, and the New York Zen Center team wants to ensure that you have the resources to make this decision.

Application Deadline Extended

New foundations deadline

August 23rd

We understand that this 9-month dedication to personal growth is a significant commitment, and the New York Zen Center team wants to ensure that you have the resources to make this decision.

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