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Contemplative Medicine Conversations: Ending Our Addiction to Suffering

Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm ET

with Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, Chodo Campbell Sensei, & Koshin Paley Ellison Sensei

Join acclaimed neuroscientist, bestselling author, and NYZC Contemplative Medicine Fellowship faculty member Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, for a conversation on shifting from emotional exhaustion to resourced compassion in this free webinar.


Dr. Brewer and Fellowship guiding teachers Koshin Sensei and Chodo Sensei will explore the roots of clinician burnout and how evidence-based contemplative practices can support healthcare practitioners in the sustainable practice of compassionate medicine. 


Clinicians enter the field of medicine or nursing to be of service to those who are suffering. Yet even before the pandemic, there was what has been described as a “compassion crisis” in healthcare, making it challenging to continually and wholeheartedly turn toward suffering day after day. 


Now, clinicians are more burned out than ever and suffering themselves, with many leaving (or planning to leave) their profession and calling. Others are feeling the need to distance themselves during patient interactions, and the emotional exhaustion is extending beyond their place of practice. Clinicians are struggling to stay connected in their personal relationships and to themselves. Is there an alternative?  


Join us in exploring contemplative approaches for ending the downward spiral, reconnecting to your love of medicine, and reclaiming joy in your personal and professional life.


Jud Brewer MD PhD (“Dr. Jud”) is a New York Times best-selling author and thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 25 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at the Schools of Public Health & Medicine at Brown University. He is also the executive medical director of behavioral health at Sharecare Inc. and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He has trained US Olympic athletes and coaches, foreign government ministers, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 17+ Million views), the New York Times, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences (which merged with Sharecare Inc. in 2020) to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers (see www.drjud.com for more information). He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017) and the New York Times best-seller, Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2021). Follow him on twitter @judbrewer. 


January 26 2023
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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