Peace in the Time of Pandemic

20 May 2021 - 20 May 2021
Peace in the Time of Pandemic

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ASMEBITESIZE: Peace in the Time of Pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted our mental health vulnerabilities as individuals and as a nation. This event discussed stress and a neurobiological model of psychological trauma. It also introduced mindfulness based practices which can help to reduce the impact of such states.

The session was delivered by the ASME MiME (Mindfulness in Medical Education) Special Interest Group - please see their profiles below...

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Session presenters:

Dr. Vidarshi Karunaratne BSc(Hons), MBChB, PhD, FRCOphth (R and D Lead, MiME) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher

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Vidarshi is a mindfulness based cognitive therapy teacher based cognitive therapy teacher based in London and West Essex. She originally read medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating with an intercalated BSc with honours in Immunology and MBChB. She competed some basic surgical and ophthalmology training in Scotland before completing a PhD in quantitative genetics between the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Human Genetics Unit. Following  further ophthalmic surgical training between Moorfields Eye Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust (Whipps Cross Hospital and Royal London) she trained to teach mindfulness based cognitive therapy at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She now has her own mindfulness teaching practice and has taught mindfulness to a variety of individuals and for a  number of institutions, including secondary care patients in the NHS, staff and students within the NHS, the general public for the London Wildlife Trust and senior educators for the West Essex Teaching Schools Alliance.

Mr. Michael Atkinson (Chair, MiME)

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Michael is currently a Lecturer in Medical Education and Mindfulness Teacher at Newcastle University where he teaches the 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme alongside regular drop-in sessions for students and staff, and where he also conducts research into mindfulness and resilience and mindfulness and clinical-decision-making. With over 20 years of experience in mindfulness meditation he has taught mindfulness in a range of public and private contexts including local and national conferences and events; Further and Higher Education institutions; health-care settings, and one-to-one. He has collaborated with a range of mental health and mindfulness practitioners such as Dr Zoe Williams (resident GP on ITV's Good Morning Britain) and features regularly on Radio Tyneside's morning programme with 'Morning Mindfulness'. He has a degree in Philosophy, a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training, a Masters in Education, and is as a Senior Fellow with Advance-HE. He lives in Tynemouth in the North-East of England with his family.

Dr. Naomi Mawhood MBBS MClinEd FHEA (Communications Lead MiME)

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Naomi is a general medical SHO working in the East of England. She completed her Master of Clinical Education as an intercalated degree in 2016, with one of the highest scoring dissertations to date: “The effectiveness of mindfulness-based courses in improving the mental health of medical students: a systematic review and meta-analysis”. She has taught in PBL, anatomy, simulation and communication skills and is currently undergoing her Advanced Life Support and European Paediatric Life Support instructor training. With a specialist interest in rehabilitation and mindfulness in both patients and healthcare professionals, she is the communications officer for MIME.”