Staying Present: Mindfulness in Health Care

June 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM

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Mindfulness means “Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). The field of mindfulness-based interventions is currently exploding. Emerging mindfulness-based interventions for young adults are showing significant promise in helping them to cope with adversity and promote resilience and positive development. Mindfulness-based interventions are also showing promise for health care providers for self-care, management and prevention of burnout and secondary trauma, as well as optimal clinical and workplace communication. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Vo discussed the science and practice of mindfulness-based interventions; shared practical mindfulness exercises that health providers can use in their clinical practices and personal self-care strategies; and shared mindfulness resources for young adults, families and professionals.
Dzung X. Vo, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, and a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Vo earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in adolescent medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In partnership with Dr. Jake Locke, Dr. Vo co-developed MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents), an eight-week mindfulness training program for adolescents with depressive symptoms, with or without other co-occurring chronic illness or chronic pain. Dr. Vo is the author of “The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time.” In his role as a medical educator, Dr. Vo is the director of the Adolescent Medicine Subspecialty Residency (Fellowship) Program at BC Children’s Hospital and also provides leadership in training of medical students and residents in adolescent health. Learn more about Dr. Vo’s work at

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