An 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course for Ob/Gyn Residents: A Pilot Study

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Studies have linked improved physician well-being with better patient outcomes. Despite the documentation of growing job dissatisfaction, burnout, and depression among OBGYN residents, few interventions have been studied. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has been shown to significantly improve personal well-being and job satisfaction in primary care specialties, but has not been investigated in obstetrics and gynecology.


An 8-week MBSR course specifically designed for medical professionals was created and led by a certified Mindfulness Teacher. Participants completed a pre- and postintervention survey measuring burnout, anxiety, mindfulness, resilience, stress, and depression by validated scales. McNemar's test was used to assess changes in outcome measures.


All 21 of the eligible residents participated in four or more of the eight weekly 1-hour lectures. At the 2-month postintervention survey, participants demonstrated statistically significant improvements in stress, anxiety, and focus. Residents showed no statistical improvement in depression or burnout scores.


Our pilot study demonstrated that an 8-week MBSR course was associated with improvements in some but not all measured outcomes of burnout, mindfulness, resilience, stress, and depression. We are currently piloting a reformatted course with shortened but more frequent programs to support and improve the well-being of our residents.

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