Mind-Body Skills Groups for Medical Students: Reducing Stress, Enhancing Commitment, and Promoting Patient-Centered Care

Gordon JS. Mind-body skills groups for medical students: reducing stress, enhancing commitment, and promoting patient-centered care. BMC Med Educ. 2014;14:198. [Published 2014 Sep 22.] doi:10.1186/1472-6920-14-198

This paper summarizes the use of Mind-Body Skills Groups (MBSGs) with medical students led by CMBM-trained faculty at 15 US medical schools. The author describes the model in detail and presents the results of a survey on its use in medical schools. He also summarizes published research on the use of the model with medical students, and discusses benefits as well as obstacles to successful implementation. The paper concludes that MBSGs have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing stress in medical students; in enhancing the students’ experience of medical education; and in helping them look forward more confidently and hopefully to becoming physicians.