Mindfulness @ UMass Memorial Health Care and Medical School

At our Academic Health Sciences Center of UMass Memorial Health Care and UMass Medical School, wellness is a core value.  A number of resources have been made available to promote wellness across the clinical system and medical school. One of our most important and accessible resources is the practice of mindfulness. Studies, particularly those conducted by our renowned Center for Mindfulness, have shown that practicing mindfulness can engender a variety of physical, psychological and social benefits. 

The  Diversity and Inclusion Office and  UMass Memorial Health Care (including Employee Health, Human Resources, and UMass Memorial Medical Group), have partnered with the Medical School’s Center of Mindfulness and Department of Psychiatry to provide a number of programs and resources that promote the practice of mindfulness as a strategy for managing stress, achieving peak performance, and reaching professional and personal fulfillment.  Follow the links below to learn more. 

Introductory Opportunities

New to mindfulness?  Try an introductory session to gain awareness of the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into a  regular practice for wellness and well-being.  More here.

Learning Opportunities

Mindfulness learning opportunities will deepen your understanding of the benefits of mindfulness and introduce you to ways of developing a mindfulness practice.   These programs are offered in  face to face formats or through online resources that allow you to learn anytime at your own pace.   More here.

Practice Opportunities

Explore how to improve your health and well-being through mindfulness meditation practice. These regular practice sessions are open to patients, medical and mental health professionals, employees, and staff. Cultivate and integrate a culture of mindfulness and improve patient health care, the clinician-patient relationship, and employee well-being.
Mindfulness Meditation Practice Opportunities are available at the following location:

“All Campus” virtual session Mondays at 12:10PM

Join by Video Conference: https://zoom.us/j/282353218 
Webinar ID: 282-353-218 
Join by Telephone: Dial: 408-638-0968 (US Toll) or 646-558-8656 
(US Toll) Meeting ID: 282-353-218

Memorial Campus

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:00 am Memorial 1 Conference Room Guided by: Valerie Wedge, LICSW, CEAP

University Campus
  • UMass Memorial Med Center - 7 East Wednesdays, 1:15 – 1:45 pm 7-East, Room H7-379 Guided by: Valerie Wedge, LICSW, CEAP
  • University Campus - ACC Bldg. Self-Guided - The Remillard Mediation Room, 6th Floor ACC Building
  • Lake Side 2 (ICU)-University Campus Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:00 am Guided by: Tom Hopkins
Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH)

As requested Guided by: Boris Lorberg, MD

UMass Memorial, Worcester Business Center

As Requested Guided by: Alek Shapiro

UMMS - South Street campus

Tuesdays 12:15-12:45pm Guided by: Barbara Donato, Amy Jasinski and Kathleen M. Nolin

Center for Mindfulness
  • Mondays 7:00-8:00 PM (includes discussion)
  • Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30 AM (silent meditation)

Hoagland-Pincus Building - 222 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA

We recommend using The Remillard Meditation room on the 6th floor of the ACC building for self guided sessions at any time. 

If you have completed Mindfulness Champion training or have mindfulness meditation experience and would like to hold a practice at your work location, please contact  The Center for Mindfulness


Boston Globe has a nice article about Mindfulness exercises reducing stress! 

Informative Mindfulness Videos:

What is Mindfulness: https://youtu.be/Mvu7NfR7Uuw 
How Mindfulness Can Help - Change and Transitions: https://youtu.be/AWXaSyHm-OM
The Role of Mindfulness in Stressful Situations: https://youtu.be/tdTWXnlqUjI 

How Mindfulness Can Help with Craving and Addiction: https://youtu.be/Rg4O8dDfLuo

“What Does Mindfulness Look Like” https://youtu.be/XJs-b7_FvmI 

We have Independent Practice Meditation Cards! If you would like some send a request with subject of "independent meditation desk cards" to this email dio@umassmed.edu