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ERIC Number: EJ1018318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1932-7528
The Mindful Physician and Pooh
Winter, Robin O.
Journal for Learning through the Arts, v9 n1 2013
Resident physicians are particularly susceptible to burnout due to the stresses of residency training. They also experience the added pressures of multitasking because of the increased use of computers and mobile devices while delivering patient care. Our Family Medicine residency program addresses these problems by teaching residents about the mindful practice of medicine. We utilize A. A. Milne's classic children's books, "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner," along with Benjamin Hoff's "The Tao of Pooh" to explain Dr. Ron Epstein's four habits of mindfulness: attentive observation, critical curiosity, beginner's mind, and presence. We also use video clips from two Disney movies, "The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh" and "A Day for Eeyore" as well as Kenny Loggins' song, "House at Pooh Corner." With Winnie-the-Pooh's help, residents learn how to become more mindful physicians by incorporating Epstein's four habits of mindfulness into their daily practice.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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