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NEXT MEETING: ""Mindfulness Amidst the Chaos: A Story of Resilience"

We usually meet monthly during the academic year. These meetings are designed to build interpersonal connections and community, inform members about the work done by our committees in the previous month, and provide opportunities for learning and collaboration. All interested students, faculty, clinicians, and Yale affiliates are welcome to attend our monthly meetings.

Monday, January 25, 2016
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Hope 103
Jane Ellen Hope Building
15 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Pam and David Mulligan will relate their story of a family navigating the intense stresses of the life of an extremely busy and constantly distracted transplant surgeon who was tasked to build one program from nothing and another from dysfunction. There are many studies demonstrating the impact of stress in the workplace. Pam and David will present specific data to the practices of those physicians and nurses in transplantation, both established and in-training. They will review some tools that can be implemented to reduce this stress and the science of why and how this occurs in teams. The emphasis is to focus on what really matters and how to nourish that which we all need most, connection that is genuine and nurturing.

David Mulligan, MD
David is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Transplantation and Immunology at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital. David was recruited to this leadership position at Yale in 2013 to help build a more collaborative and successful transplant service line and expand the academic productivity in novel areas across transplantation and immunology as well as information systems technologies. Prior to that, David was the Director of the Transplant Center and Chair of Transplant, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona for 15 years, where he started with a completely new and small team to build a large and highly successful multi-organ transplant program for both adults and children including heart, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. He has published more than 200 articles and book chapters, served on numerous editorial boards, and is recognized both nationally and internationally as an authority in transplantation and organ allocation. He has special expertise in living donor liver transplantation, having performed over 200 such cases. He has served and continues to lead in several major national and international transplant organizations, such as UNOS/OPTN, ASTS, AASLD, and AST.
Most importantly, David is married to an amazing wife who has shown him how to become mindful and resilient and moreover how to serve as a mindful leader to convey the importance of awareness and self-care to his team. He has three children and integrates his practice of mindfulness into his daily life, which helps to keep the whole family grounded and balanced in the chaos of unpredictability. David now spends much of his time reaching out to others at Yale and in healthcare to teach how important these life balancing skills can impact not only our own health but all those for whom we care.
Pamela Mulligan BSN, RN, RYT 500
Pam is a co-founder of Replenish Mind Body Spirit, LLC and is passionate about sharing a holistic approach to well being with the integration of restorative practices that cultivate authentic presence and improve the capacity of compassionate caregiving. She is a mother of three children, wife of a busy multi-organ transplant surgeon, registered nurse and yoga instructor with over 1000 hours of certified yoga training. An experienced caregiver with over ten years in critical care and 18 years managing the demands of a highly unpredictable, always “at-work” lifestyle. A self-proclaimed household resilience coordinator, she has spent the last decade studying the field of holistic health, wellness and functional medicine.
She has successfully implemented yoga programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Pam has taught Mindful Movement in an ongoing research project for patients and their caregivers at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Following a recent move to Connecticut, Pam coordinated a self-care day for the entire service line in Transplantation at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. Her work is informed by her training and personal experiences of yoga and meditation. She practices these skills with her family and others around her as she navigates the unpredictability of day-to-day life. She has a presence that evokes calmness and serenity, kindness and love, and diligence to awaken to the present moments.

Past Meeting Topics

      • 11/2015: A Primary Care Resident's Journey to Integrative Medicine - Danielle Greenman, MD
      • 9/2015: A student perspective on the science and application of mindfulness meditation for today’s healthcare professional - Rahil Rojiani, MS2
      • 1/2015: Chinese Herbal Medicine - Yung-Chi Cheng, PhD
      • 11/2014: Preventive Medicine and Current Research at the Yale Prevention Research Center - David L. Katz, MD, MPH
      • 10/2014: Connective tissue research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine: Connecting the dots - Helene Langevin, MD
      • 9/2014: Introduction to Integrative Medicine at Yale
      • 2/2014: "Escape Fire" Movie Screening and Panel Discussion - Drs. Naomi Rogers, Joseph Ross, and Ather Ali
      • 9/2013:  Mixed Methods for Small Sample Interventions: Randomization Tests and Qualitative Interpretations   Peter Van Ness, PhD, MPH
      • 4/2013:  Auricular acupuncture and addiction treatment   Xoli Redmond, PsyD and Denise Romano, APRN
      • 1/2013: Exploring the utility of Psidium guajava leaf extract as a treatment for Giardia lamblia Flavia DeSouza, YSMII
      • 9/2012: Journal Club: Effects of writing about stressful experiences on symptom reduction in patients with asthma or rheumatoid arthritis
      • 7/2012: Journal Club: Is physical activity in natural environments better for mental health than physical activity in other environments?
      • 5/2012: Mindfulness-based stress reduction: breaking the link between stress and eating Keri Tuit, PsyD
      • 4/2012: Exploring the use of Psidium guava  as a standard of care for Giardia lamblia Flavia De Souza, YSM1
      • 3/2012: Integrative Medicine in a Diverse New Haven Practice: Practical Strategies to Promote Health - Sunil Menon, MD
      • 2/2012: Clinical Hypnosis: A Bio-behavioral Model for Reduction of Pain and Anxiety - Haleh Saadat, MD
      • 11/2011: Perspectives on Integrative Cancer Care - D. Barry Boyd, MD, MS
      • 10/2011: Introduction to Integrative Medicine at Yale - Ather Ali, ND, MPH and Lawrence Vitulano, PhD 
      • 5/2011: Experienced meditators display differences in the default mode network - Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
      • 4/2011: Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Resiliency Building - Lawrence A. Vitulano, PhD
      • 2/2011: Functional Medicine and Fibromyalgia - Henri Roca, MD
      • 2/2011: Medicines and the Environment - Jodi Sherman, MD
      • 11/2010: Natural Products Research in Australia - Stephen Myers, ND, BMed, PhD
      • 10/2010: Evidence Based Integrative Medicine? - David L. Katz, MD, MPH 
      • 5/2010: Improving Maternal Health Outcomes in Rural Tibet - Kunchok Gyaltsen, DTM, MIIM, MPH, PhD
      • 4/2010: Autism: Complementary & Alternative Treatment Methods - Celine Saulnier, PhD 
      • 1/2010: How to Stay in Control: Managing Stress and Bad Habits- Rajita Sinha, PhD
      • 12/2009: Immunoregulatory Effects of Bromelain in Allergic Asthma - Eric R. Secor, ND, LAc
      • 10/2009: Ayurvedic History and Context- Frank Ninivaggi, MD
      • 6/2009: Ayurvedic Medicine - Amala Guha, PhD, MPH, MA
      • 4/2009: Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and Acupuncture - Sherwin B. Nuland, MD
      • 3/2009: Reflections on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public -David L. Katz, MD, MPH
      • 2/2009: Discerning use of conventional medicine, CAM, or both to help patients heal - Beatriz R.Olson, MD
      • 12/2008: Piloting a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents - Auguste H. Fortin, MD, MPH
      • 10/2008: The Art of Healing and Survival Behavior for the Doctor and the Patient - Bernie Siegel, MD
      • 9/2008: An Introduction to the Therapeutic Uses of Hypnosis- Lawrence Vitulano, PhD
      • 7/2008: Housewives, Midwives, and Physicians: Early American Women in Medicine - Rebecca Tannenbaum, PhD
      • 6/2008: What does Science have to say about Subtle Energy Medicine? - Gene Ang, PhD
      • 5/2008: A Year in the Life of Integrative Medicine at Yale - Rachel Friedman, MD
      • 4/2008: A Case-Based Exploration of Functional Medicine - Mark Hyman, MD
      • 3/2008: The Slippery Slope of Stress: Lessons from Katrina and Applications of Integrative Approaches in Addressing Stress and Trauma - Henri Roca, MD, LAc
      • 2/2008: Chiropractic Care At A Major Medical Center - Anthony Lisi, DC
      • 1/2008: Naturopathic Medicine: Epidemiology and Approaches to Winter Ailments - Ather Ali, ND, MPH and Joshua P. Levitt, ND