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The Mindful Medical Student

A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Staying Who You Are While Becoming Who You Want to Be

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.

160 pages | 5 1/4 x 9

Reference and Bibliography


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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 • Bibliography

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