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Editorial: Why mindfulness matters in medical education

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Craig Hassed

Monash University, GB
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Associate Professor Craig Hassed

Department of General Practice

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

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Abstract

Mindfulness can be described as a generic life-skill that has an endless number of applications. It is both a form of meditation and a way of living. It involves the training of present-moment attention and also the attitude with which we pay attention – one of curiosity, acceptance, openness and compassion. Historically, the ‘soft’ subject of mindfulness or meditation was marginalised as just a ‘relaxation exercise’ and would not have been seen as an integral part of medical education with its strong emphasis on learning the ‘hard’ biomedical sciences and producing ‘battle-hardened’ future medical practitioners. But for good reason that perception is changing. This article will briefly outline why mindfulness is now increasingly seen as a necessary and integral part of training the modern medical practitioner. 

How to Cite: Hassed C. Editorial: Why mindfulness matters in medical education. The British Student Doctor. 2017;1(2):3–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2017.10181
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Published on 29 Jun 2017.

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