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Mindfulness Retreat for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals

The Bosque Center
6400 Coors Blvd. NW
October 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Day Retreat meets Saturday, Oct. 1, 10am – 4pm. Cost: $90
Instructors Michelle DuVal, MA and Lara Patriquin, MD.

Mindfulness Day Retreat
5 CMEs

Saturday, October 1, 10am – 4pm
at the gorgeous Bosque Retreat Center
Cost: $90+ tax,  Lunch Included!
Online Registration Available
Or call 505-615-1547
email: michelle@themindfulcenter.com

Physicians and Healthcare Professionals in general suffer significantly more anxiety and depression than other professional groups. A third of medical students are depressed. And despite our high rates of burnout and depression, we are weary of outside help and often too proud to speak up.

Mindfulness meditation offers a path of out.

Many scientists and researchers now believe that the fundamental source of benefits stem from an improvement in attentional stability, and that all the fruits of the meditation process stem from this increased ability to pay attention. This would include paying attention to our inner world of thoughts, to our bodies and emotions, to our stress triggers, and to the faces of the people speaking to us. Implicit in this is an ability to pay better attention to our patients, which is not only of benefit to them, but to ourselves as well, as we experience greater fulfillment and connection in our daily work-a-day lives.

We hope so much you can join us for this important offering.

Day Course Schedule:

These periods will be formal lectures combined with facilitated dialogues.
10:00 – 11:00 Lecture 1: Overview of the Science of mindfulness, Lara Patriquin, MD
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture 2: Introduction to Mindfulness as a Core Competency and Skill for Physicians and Health Care Professionals, Michelle DuVal, MA
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 Dialogue 1: How the process of mindfulness applies to day to day life as a physician, Lara Patriquin, MD, Michelle DuVal, MA
2:00 – 2:30 Lecture 3: Mindfulness Reduces Stress, Prevents Burnout & Counteracts Decision Fatigue, Michelle DuVal, MA
2:30 – 3:30 Lecture 4: How Mindfulness Cultivates Resilience & Equanimity and Develops Empathy & Compassion, Lara Patriquin, MD
3:30 – 4:00 Guided Meditation, Michelle DuVal, MA

Online Registration Available
Or call 505-615-1547
email: michelle@themindfulcenter.com

Disclosure: Neither the speakers nor planners of Introduction to Mindfulness: A Professional Training for Physicians and Health Care Professionals have any relevant financial relationships with an ACCME defined Commercial Interest.

Accreditation:  Presbyterian Healthcare Services is accredited by the New Mexico Medical Society to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

AMA Credit:  Presbyterian Healthcare Services designates this live activity for a maximum of  5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Michelle DuVal PhotoMichelle DuVal, MA, is the current director and lead instructor of The Mindful Center. She is also the director and lead instructor for the mindfulness programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Life, the Presbyterian Healthplex, the New Mexico Heart Institute and Evolutions Family Counseling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conventions, including the Presbyterian Medical/ Surgical symposium, the SIMPLE conference, the National Association of Social Workers convention, the OSLER symposium, and she is the leader of the meditation workshops for the Cancer Services of New Mexico bi-annual retreats as well as for the cardiac rehab programs at Presbyterian Healthplex.  In addition to Michelle’s current programs of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Eating, and Hearts and Minds, she also brings mindfulness trainings into work environments through her Mindfulness Based Workplace Workshops, programs and retreats. Past clients include the Department of Energy, UNM Child Services, Flying Star, Bohannan Huston, Yearout Mechanical, Evolution Family Counseling, the American Lung Assoc., the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc., and many others.

Lara PatriquinLara Patriquin, MD, is a meditation instructor and a radiologist at Radiology Associates of Albuquerque. Lara came to the practice of meditation after reading about scientific studies performed on meditators. The research demonstrated significant reductions in anxiety and depression, and an overall improvement in life satisfaction.

Even more compelling, however were the effects on the neural level of the brains of people who meditated. Meditation makes fundamental changes to the structure and function of the brain through a process known as neuroplasticity. These changes account for the significant changes in outlook brought upon by the practice.The data was so compelling she committed to helping others develop their own meditation practice through courses and CDs. Lara has lectured extensively with the military, cancer survival groups, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico and now in the private sector. Her talks focus on the scientific aspects of meditation and where science and spirituality meet.  Her talks, although based on science, are accessible to a wide audience. Understanding that people come to  stress reduction from different paths, her talks are tailored to her audience.

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