Cultivating mind-body wellness in dental school: Tools for stress management & personal and professional development

September 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM

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The profession of dentistry is known to be stressful, and its effects can be detrimental to the dental provider personally and professionally. The stressors of the dental profession start with dental students in the first years of their dental education. The practices of yoga and meditation are grounded in evidence-based research and have been proven to reduce stress, increase resilience and decrease burnout. This webinar with Dr. Christina Pastan will address the stresses dental students face in their four years of training, the importance of developing self-regulation skills through mind-body practices and how these practices can help reduce stress and promote personal and professional development. 

In this session, Dr. Pastan will address this concept, then be joined by a panel of Tufts Dental students talking about how they have incorporated mind-body practices into their dental school experience. 
PastanDr. Christina DiBona Pastan is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Endodontics and the director of mind-body wellness at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Pastan graduated from TUSDM in 1991 and earned her certificate in endodontics from the TUSDM PG Endodontics program in 1994. In addition to her private practice in Boston, Mass., she has been a volunteer clinical instructor in the department of endodontics at Tufts for the past 25 years. In July 2015, Dr. Pastan became the school’s first director of mind-body wellness. A long time practitioner of yoga and meditation, Dr. Pastan began teaching self-regulation breathing skills to her endodontic residents and as a result, pursued a professional training in yoga and meditation from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge where she earned a 300-hour certificate in yoga and meditation, as well as a 25-hour certificate in Lakshmi Volker Chair Yoga.

This program is a presentation of ASDA’s Wellness Initiative.