Faculty Training in Mind-Body Medicine

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Educating for enhanced self-awareness and self-care

Originating at Georgetown University School of Medicine, this experiential program provides faculty at health professional schools with the training, tools, and strategic thinking necessary to implement the course in Mind-Body Medicine Skills at their institutions. 

During a three-day weekend retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, participants will be introduced to meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breathing techniques, and other mind-body approaches that can alleviate stress and foster self-awareness and self-care. Participants will experience the power of these approaches first-hand while learning how to lead Mind-Body Medicine Groups for students and residents.

The intensive program includes seven group sessions, several individual activities, short didactic presentations, and daily yoga. Participants are provided with all course materials and guidance to enable them to launch similar programs in their institutions

Led by Adi Haramati, PhD, and Nancy Harazduk, MEd, MSW, the program is modeled on the format they’ve used to train more than 130 faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine and over 100 faculty from other institutions. The intent is to develop mentoring relationships with each program participant, so faculty members may become agents for lasting change in their own institutions.

Tuition includes course materials, three nights’ lodging, three health-conscious gourmet meals daily, access to workout facilities, pool, and more than 80 acres of gardens and trails.

For registration information, please contact info@thenovainstituteforhealth.org.

Facilitators/Course Directors

Nancy Harazduk, MED, MSW

Nancy Harazduk is the Associate Professor, Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Program, and Ombudsperson to Medical Students at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. To integrate Mind-Body Medicine into curricula of the medical school and law school, she directs and teaches Mind-Body Medicine courses for medical students, law students, physiology master’s students, and the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown Law Center.

As presenter, facilitator and supervisor, Ms. Harazduk has trained over 800 healthcare professionals in Mind-Body Medicine. She has developed and led Mind-Body Medicine groups for people with cancer, depression, chronic illness, and severe stress. She has done extensive work with chronically and terminally ill people at the National Institutes of Health and in hospice. She also travels to the Middle East to teach Mind-Body Medicine skills to participants of the Middle East Cancer Consortium. In addition, she leads Mind-Body Medicine retreats for anesthesia residents and the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine.

Ms. Harazduk graduated from Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, with a Master’s degree in Education. She later earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Ms. Harazduk has completed post-graduate training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD; the Healer’s Art Professional Training course with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD; and the Clinical Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine with Herbert Benson, MD. She is certified in Interactive Guided Imagery by the Academy of Guided Imagery, Mill Valley, California.

Aviad “Adi” Haramati, PHD 

Aviad “Adi” Haramati is Professor of Physiology and Medicine and co-director of the Graduate Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, with research interests in renal and electrolyte physiology. Currently, his activities are more centered on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained. In 2013, he was named the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown.

Dr. Haramati has taught medical and graduate students for over 35 years and received institutional and national awards for his teaching. He served on the Physiology Test Development Committee (USMLE Step 1) for the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Haramati is the past Vice-Chair of the Academic Consortium of Integrative  Medicine and Health and has chaired the Organizing Committee for the 2012 and  2014 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, and the Planning Committee for the 2012 International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He also convened the 2015 CENTILE Conference to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in the Health Professions.

His interests in integrative medicine focus on the use of Mind-Body Medicine Skills for stress management and in health professions education.

Dr. Haramati was principal investigator of a five-year NIH grant that supported a broad educational initiative to incorporate CAM and integrative medicine into the four-year medical curriculum at Georgetown. He co-leads the faculty training program in Mind-Body Medicine with Nancy Harazduk at Georgetown University and at The Institute for Integrative Health.