MORE Program announces initial group of participants

Several weeks ago, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development announced the Mindful Opportunity to Reflect on Experience (MORE) program. The program has selected its first group of participants, with training to begin in June. MORE operates by the "Train the Trainer" model, with participants sharing the lessons of the program with members of their home departments.

Several weeks ago, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development announced the Mindful Opportunity to Reflect on Experience (MORE) program. Co-facilitated by Drs. Amy Weil and Jonny Gerkin, MORE takes faculty and resident physicians through a series of exercises used to promote overall wellbeing, stress management, empathy, self-awareness and self-care.

Mind-body approaches - including relaxation, meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, physical exercise, art, music and movement - are among the best known and most widely used of the complementary, alternative, or integrative approaches to healthcare. By their nature they put high value on, and teach the power of, self-awareness and self-care. Learning about mind-body medicine is consistent with an integrative model of health care where treatment is balanced with teaching, and prevention and self-care are given as much respect as procedures and pharmacological interventions.

In order for providers to understand the potential of mind-body approaches, as well as apply them in clinical practice, they should experience these approaches themselves.

The initial cohort of MORE participants is listed below. Following the completion of the program, they will be encouraged to share these lessons with members of their own departments. The organizers of the program look forward to working with these outstanding clinicians to share the lessons of MORE with others throughout UNC Hospitals.

The inaugural cohort of MORE program participants includes:

Eileen Burker, PhD -- Allied Health Sciences

Alice Chuang, MD -- Obstetrics and Gynecology

Philip Griffin, AuD -- Allied Health Sciences

Escher Lauren Howard-Williams, MD -- Medicine

Dan Kaufer, MD -- Neurology and Psychiatry

Cara McComish, PhD -- Allied Health Sciences

Sagarika Nag, MD -- Psychiatry

Kimberly Shoenbill, MD -- Family Medicine

Meghan Sheehan, MD -- Psychiatry

Karla Thompson, PhD -- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Michael Wieleba, MS -- Psychiatry

Laura Young, MD, PhD -- Medicine

The MORE program will meet on Thursdays through the first week of June. MORE is supported by the UNC SOM and UNC Health Care as one of the Wellness Initiatives related to UNC’s adoption of the Quadruple Aim

 

 

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