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The Mindful Medical Student
A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Staying Who You Are While Becoming Who You Want to Be
Jeremy Spiegel, M.D.; Bernie Siegel, M.D., intro.

2009 • 160 pp. 5 1/4 x 9"
Reference & Bibliography / Medicine & Public Health

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-763-7
$17.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-828-3

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“Spiegel’s work presents a valuable tool in negotiating the hidden curriculum of medical school—cynicism, loneliness, and dishonesty. Its strength lies in its practical application of psychiatric techniques and in its accessible examples based on the experiences of other medical students and physicians. . . . ‘By committing a few moments daily’ to some of these techniques, medical students and future physicians will profit well into their careers.”—The Journal of the American Medical Association

The essential primer on surviving the rigors of medical school—and thriving there—through the application of self-knowledge, self-care, and self-control

Four years in medical school are not only demanding and competitive in a strictly academic sense, but they may bring students face-to-face with perfectionism, anxiety, obsessions, power plays, difficult patients, ethical dilemmas, identity crises, sleep deprivation, financial strain, and—perhaps for the first time in their lives—confrontations with disease, suffering, and death. The Mindful Medical Student will broaden readers’ perspectives and cultivate their ability to respond to the extreme emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges posed by medical school and, eventually, a medical career. Jeremy Spiegel, MD, tackled these issues head on, prevailed, and became a first-rate psychiatrist. Now, in a vital book, he shares what he has learned.

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Reviews / Endorsements:

“What sets The Mindful Medical Student apart from similarly themed books is its emphasis on achieving clarity, reflective capacity and wholeness through the creation of a uniquely personal narrative. Spiegel’s techniques facilitate the processing of experiences so students take an active role in moulding their own transformation and protecting themselves against emotional shutdown and cynicism. . . . The Mindful Medical Student is an enjoyable read with an entertaining conversational style. Despite its title, the book shares valuable insights that may be useful for all health care providers in training. It is essentially a manual on how to maintain sanity in an often grueling medical environment and culture, makes a compelling argument that self-care is not a luxury. It gives students permission to step back from their textbooks, to distinguish the forest from the trees and to appreciate their special place in that forest.”Canadian Medical Association Journal

The Mindful Medical Student should be required reading for everyone in medical school. More than that, it should be a required course!”—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“This book can be a valuable resource for any medical student in navigating the sometimes tortuous waters of training in ways that will promote greater sanity, healing, and compassion, both for oneself, and for one’s patients, not just while in school, but across the lifespan of one’s practice.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., Professor of Medicine emeritus, UMass Medical School, author, Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

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DR. JEREMY SPIEGEL is a practicing psychiatrist in Portland, Maine. He has written for general, medical, and psychiatric publications. DR. BERNIE SIEGEL is a surgeon, well-known self-help author, patient advocate, and crusader for the humanization of medical education and care.

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