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Ronald Epstein


7th and 8th of May


€595. No VAT (according CRKBO-regulation).


Centrum voor Mindfulness
Raadhuisstraat 15
1016 DB Amsterdam


This two day workshop is for physicians (specialist and primary care) and health professionals working in medical settings interested in cultivating mindfulness and compassion to support their work in the midst of challenging events.


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May 2018

7th and 8th of May
Times: both days from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.


Mindful Practice refers to qualities exhibited by exemplary clinicians that transcend clinical specialty and clinical experience. These qualities include the ability to be present, attentive, and curious, and to adopt a “beginner’s mind” with the goal of achieving greater awareness and insight into one’s own work.

A powerful but under-recognized approach to these challenges is to enhance the capacity for mindfulness of medical specialist, physicians and other health professionals. Mindfulness in medicine refers to the ability to be aware, in the present moment, on purpose, with the intention of providing better care to patients and to take better care of ourselves. Mindfulness is at the core of clinical competence, and the proposed program will give faculty the skills and tools to teach students and residents to become more mindful during daily clinical practice.

Mindfulness for health professionals means we can become more effective and resilient and connect with the purpose and meaning of our work. – Ronald Epstein

Please watch the personal invitation to the workshop by Ronald Epstein:

In this workshop we will explore what we notice and attend to in our work, how we recognize and address suffering, how we navigate difficult moments that involve conflict, errors and loss, and how we can become more resilient and flourish amid adversity.

Mindful Practice® programs offer a means to:
• enhance the self-awareness, wellness, and resilience of health professionals
• improve their relationships with patients and colleagues, and
• advance the quality of medical care they provide.


This two-day workshop offers an experiential learning environment which focuses on developing the capacity for mindful practice – attentiveness, situational awareness, self-awareness, teamwork and self-monitoring in stressful and demanding situations. Session themes include difficult discussions with patients and families, witnessing and responding to suffering, decision-making under uncertainty, end-of-life care, ethical dilemmas, health professional grief, errors, self-care and compassion. This program will include advanced mindful communication skills. The time will be divided between interactive presentations, contemplative practices, dialogue exercises to explore mindful communication, and discussions about bringing mindful practice to our health care teams and organizations.

Ronald Epstein, physician, professor and author of “Attending - medicine, mindfulness and humanity”, about mindfulness in medical practice.

The program of this workshop is based upon the Mindful Practice® programs that were developed by a team of physicians at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Rochester, New York, USA). The programs are organized around common challenges faced by health professionals, such as responding to suffering, bad outcomes, conflicts with patients and staff, errors, lapses in professionalism, burnout, and grief. Mindful Practice programs address external barriers inherent to the current health care environment alongside clinicians’ internal barriers to self-awareness (e.g., unexamined judgments, emotional exhaustion, cognitive biases). Unaddressed, these barriers manifest in adverse ways, leading health professionals to feel overwhelmed by suffering, ignore the obvious, be reactive rather than responsive, withdraw from unpleasant or anxiety-provoking discussions, have difficulty tolerating ambiguity and uncertainty, and/or make hasty decisions.

Provisional schedule of the workshop

8 May
• Morning: Introduction, Mindfulness at work
• Afternoon: Suffering and compassion
9 May
• Morning: Difficult moments: conflict, error and loss
• Afternoon: Flourishing at work: addressing burnout, becoming resilient

Learning objectives of this workshop

• To foster skills of attentive observation, critical curiosity, “beginner’s mind,” and presence;
• To improve recognition of error-prone situations, reduce medical errors, and improve responsiveness to errors;
• To foster caring and compassion toward patients;
• To promote professionalism;
• To promote clinician flourishing -- resilience, health, and well-being; and
• To help create mindful organizations that support teamwork, mindfulness, and clinician health and well-being.

For whom

This two day workshop is for physicians (specialist and primary care) and health professionals working in medical settings interested in cultivating mindfulness and compassion to support their work in the midst of challenging events. We welcome those without any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation as well as those who do.


This workshop is a co-production of Centrum voor Mindfulness en BFC Mindfulness en Compassie

Meet the teacher

  • Ronald Epstein
    Ronald Epstein

    Hoogleraar, huisarts, arts voor palliatieve zorg, docent, onderzoeker en schrijver

    Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein MD is professor of family medicine, psychiatry, oncology and medicine (palliative care) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (Rochester, New York, USA). Dr. Epstein is a family physician, palliative care physician, teacher, researcher, and writer who has devoted his career to understanding and improving patient-physician communication, quality of care, and clinician mindfulness. He has received major funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and several foundations to do groundbreaking research to improve communication, the patient-physician relationship, and decision-making in the context of serious illness; to promote patient involvement in care; and to cultivate clinician mindfulness and resilience.
    Through innovative programs in mindful practice and communication skills, Dr. Epstein has helped a generation of physicians practice more attentively and effectively; develop stronger relationships with patients; approach difficult decisions more mindfully; develop inner strength and resilience to combat burnout; and be more present when their patients need them the most. He directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs Mindful Practice® programs and the Deans Teaching Fellowship program.

    Dr. Epstein is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School and is the recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards related to communication and humanism; a Fulbright scholarship at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain; and visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney in Australia and the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major national and international conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness in health care. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters. His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, was released in January 2017.

    He enjoys cooking, biking, cross-country skiing and playing the harpsichord. His wife, Deborah Fox, is a freelance lutenist and founding artistic director of Pegasus Early Music. They have two children, Eli and Malka.