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This summer, the rising M2 students are reading Attending: Mindfulness, Medicine and Humanity by Ronald Epstein. According to Kathy Cole-Kelly, MSW, MS, director of communication in medicine and co-director of foundations in clinical medicine seminars, this book was selected because it is both brilliantly and accessibly written on the value of becoming a mindful physician and covers most of the topics for year two seminar sessions.

“There is a growing literature about burnout in medicine and the need for resiliency practices to protect students/residents and physicians from the challenges that can be part of medical practice,” said Cole-Kelly. “We address topics on uncertainty, end of life, shared decision making and giving bad news. All these topics are addressed in this book with the underlying emphasis that developing mindfulness habits can encourage more joy and satisfaction in medicine.”

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