Dr. Ron Epstein - "ATTENDING: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity"
Warwick's is hosting best-selling author Dr. Ron Epstein on Wednesday, February 1st at 7:30pm to discuss and sign his new book Attending: Medicine Mindfulness and Humanity. Dr. Ronald Epstein is a Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he directs Mindful Practice programs, the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, and the Dean's Teaching Fellowship program. His landmark article, Mindful Practice, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1999, has revolutionized physicians view of their work, and his writings are required at over a third of medical schools in the US. Dr. Epstein has been named one of America's Best Doctors every year since 1998 by US News and World Report.This event is free and open to the public.Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
As a third-year Harvard Medical student, Epstein watched an experienced urologist fail to notice his 18-year-old patient’s kidney turning an ominous shade of blue during surgery. In that same rotation, Epstein was awestruck by another surgeon’s ability to slow down and shift from autopilot to deliberate precision during a complicated procedure. The difference between these two doctors left a lasting impression on Epstein and set the stage for his life’s work—to identify the qualities and habits that distinguish masterful doctors from those who are merely competent. The secret, he learned, was mindfulness.
When doctors approach care mindfully, they are open to possibility: less likely to let diagnoses define their patients, and more likely to consider alternate perspectives and avoid fatal mistakes. They are more likely to practice “self-compassion”—attending to their own needs and emotions as well as those of their patients—and avoid burning out. Approaching medicine—and all work—mindfully both requires and builds grit and resilience.
In today’s commodified healthcare system, with physician burnout at an all-time high, Epstein’s ATTENDING offers a model for doctors, patients, and their families to approach medical decisions mindfully and collaborate to achieve the best level of care for everyone.