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Elective Title: 93ZI702 — MIND-BODY MEDICINE


 The Mind Body Medicine course aims to proactively attend to the mental and emotional health needs of medical students through exploration and teaching of self-awareness and mindfulness skills. By developing these skills, students will be better prepared to practice preventative self-care and self-awareness, ultimately improving overall well-being, stress management, and empathy. Students enrolled in this 11-week elective will meet for 2 hours 11 times during the semester. The sessions will be led by facilitators who have been trained by the Georgetown Mind Body Medicine founders. During each session, students will be introduced to a new mind-body skill and have the opportunity to practice and learn the theory behind its practice. (This elective will earn 2 credits, but these will not count towards graduation requirements).

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Emily Laughlin (erlaughl@iu.edu)

Director: Emily Walvoord, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - Indianapolis

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe a variety of well-being modalities including meditation, guided imagery, autogenic training, journal writing and movement and reflect on the ways these skills can be helpful personally and professionally. (PBLI1)

  • 2) Articulate the importance of self-awareness and self-care for personal health and well-being and the importance of maintaining a balance between the intellectual, emotional, physical social and spiritual aspects of their lives. (PBLI1)
  • 3) Appreciate the value of an ongoing commitment to personal growth as fundamental to the practice of medicine. (PBLI1)
  • 4) Explain the impact of the variables of psychosocial, socioeconomic, environmental, lifestyle and lifecycle stage on a patient’s health, disease, care-seeking and care-compliance, barriers to care, and attitudes toward care. (MK7)
  • 5) Incorporate health promotion and patient education on the basis of the patient’s or population’s needs. (PC4)
  • 6) Engage in self-directed learning by identifying gaps and limitations in current knowledge and performance; setting individual learning and improvement goals; identifying multiple information resources to achieve those goals; critically appraising the quality and credibility of information resources used; and synthesizing relevant information to advance medical knowledge and patient care. (PBLI1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form (Students will be informally assessed through observation, participation and discussion. Pre and post course assessments will also include the use of the following free and validated tools: Perceived Stress Scale, Mindful Awareness Attention Scale and the Attitudinal Scale).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: Phase 1 Students

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100%Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD- Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drops Contact: Emily Laughlin (erlaughl@iu.edu) Expectations of students are that they will do "home practice" of the skills as they are learned, including the following for the duration of the course: write at least one journal entry each day, practice a form of meditation (sitting, walking, eating) for at least 10 minutes a day, three to five days per week, participate in one physical activity each day (walking, jogging, playing a sport), and complete additional assignments as they are distributed.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None