Mind Body Medicine Facilitator Training

Medical school is a challenging environment in which students are confronted with multiple psychological and physical stressors; teaching medical students how to deal with these stressors is important for their health and well-being. This train-the-trainer program will prepare IU School of Medicine faculty to teach our medical students these important skills. Training to focus on self-awareness, self-reflection and self-care may produce more reflective and well balanced medical students and ultimately physicians who may provide better patient care.

Mind-body approaches – including self-awareness, 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. In order for medical students to understand the potential of mind-body approaches, as well as apply them in clinical practice, they should experience these approaches themselves. It is not enough to hear about mind-body medicine and to read and comprehend the scientific basis for its efficacy. Rather, for medical students to appreciate their patients’ capacities for self-awareness and self-care, students should experience and realize their own abilities.

To that end, the Mind Body Medicine elective will take medical students through a series of exercises used to promote overall well-being, stress management, empathy, self-awareness and self-care.

This elective was taught during the 2018-19 academic year to MS1 and MS2 students. We aim to expand the number of trained facilitators across the state, so that we can expand the elective to all students. Aviad Haramati, PhD, from Georgetown University who will be coming to facilitate this training along with Dr. Antwione Haywood, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, who has gone through the training and is currently one of the faculty teaching the IUSM Mind Body Medicine elective. The training will take place September 12-15 at the West Baden Springs Hotel. We are seeking 10-12 faculty members to participate in this retreat. The goal is to get faculty members on various campuses across the state (or who are able to travel to various campuses). After being trained, faculty members will be expected to teach the elective.

Many educators who go through the Mind Body Medicine training describe it as a paradigm shift, opening up new skills and knowledge that can be applied to other areas of their work. In short, the experience can be transformative.

Requirements for Participation:

  • Availability for entire training: September 12-15, 2019.
  • A willingness to commit to teaching at the Mind Body Elective after completion of training

Application Deadline: Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Faculty members will receive notification of acceptance by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. 

Contact Emily Walvoord at ewalvoor@iu.edu for any questions. Thank you for your interest!

Mind-Body Medicine Program Form