The Mindful Medical Student: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Staying Who You Are While Becoming Who You Want to Be

The Mindful Medical Student: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Staying Who You Are While Becoming Who You Want to Be

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Overview

The Mindful Medical Student: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Staying Who You Are While Becoming Who You Want to Be by Jeremy Spiegel M.D.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584658283
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 612 KB

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bernie Siegel, MD
Preface
Introduction
DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE
Finding Your True Self
Gaining Awareness of Your False Self
Tuning In to Acting Out
Grappling with Perfectionism and Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
REINVENTING YOURSELF
Bonding with Classmates for Support
Consciously Creating Your Persona
Handling the Difficult Personas of Others
Combating Emotional Shutdown
Keeping Dry amid a Flood of Ethical Dilemmas
BLAZING A PATH TO YOUR DEEPER SELF
Dream Interpretation for First-Time Scalpel Wielders
Synchronicities, Archetypes, and the Self as Springboards to Spiritual Knowledge
Medical School as iMovie - Splicing an Edited Version of Your Self-Story into Residency and Beyond
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What People are Saying About This

Christiane Northrup

“The Mindful Medical Student should be required reading for everyone in medical school. More than that, it should be a required course!”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

“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.”

Joseph F. O'Donnell

"Jeremy Spiegel, one of our former students at Dartmouth Medical School, was always full of wisdom, depth, and perspective, and everyone who interacted with him always seemed to learn something. His new text does more of the same as it shines a useful and practical light on a great truth—it's important to stay true to yourself and the values that brought you to medicine during the difficult socialization process that is medical school. Dr. Ron Epstein from the University of Rochester School of Medicine has written that "mindfulness" is a very useful and very high level state to achieve in medicine, a state that is even above practicing "evidence based medicine" which has become so much our mantra for medicine today. Jeremy gives practical strategies to become and stay mindful, to hang on to and honor your "true self" despite forces that hinder this and to both preserve your own humanity and share it with others as you mature into physicianhood. Having been a student affairs dean for years, I've never seen anything written like this book which possesses Jeremy's unique perspectives and is informed by his deep understanding of the psyche. It is well worth reading and taking its lessons to heart for anyone on the journey to becoming a doctor."

Larry Dossey

”Medical school can be an inspiring, lofty experience or an extended exercise in personal degradation. The Mindful Medical Student is a clear, concise guidebook for negotiating the challenges all medical students face. If you want to not just survive medical school, but triumph, this book is highly recommended.”

Joseph F. O’Donnell

“Jeremy Spiegel, one of our former students at Dartmouth Medical School, was always full of wisdom, depth, and perspective, and everyone who interacted with him always seemed to learn something. His new text does more of the same as it shines a useful and practical light on a great truth—it’s important to stay true to yourself and the values that brought you to medicine during the difficult socialization process that is medical school. Dr. Ron Epstein from the University of Rochester School of Medicine has written that “mindfulness” is a very useful and very high level state to achieve in medicine, a state that is even above practicing “evidence based medicine” which has become so much our mantra for medicine today. Jeremy gives practical strategies to become and stay mindful, to hang on to and honor your “true self” despite forces that hinder this and to both preserve your own humanity and share it with others as you mature into physicianhood. Having been a student affairs dean for years, I’ve never seen anything written like this book which possesses Jeremy’s unique perspectives and is informed by his deep understanding of the psyche. It is well worth reading and taking its lessons to heart for anyone on the journey to becoming a doctor.”

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