In the profession of medicine, there is a long tradition of M&M Rounds, shorthand for Morbidity and Mortality Rounds, where physicians cultivate competence and healing practices through structured reflection on challenging patient cases. In the equally noble tradition of “Physician, Heal Thyself,” Virtue Medicine’s M&M Rounds 2.0: Mindfulness and Meaning Training© invites people from all professions, vocations, cultures and walks-of-life to see themselves as a whole-person case study par excellence. Our structured training process fosters a deep appreciation and competency to see what is lovely, healing, powerful and authentic in each person’s utterly unique will-to-meaning.
Grounded in an optimistic humanism, M&M Rounds 2.0© draws from empirical work in Mindfulness, Meaning-Centered and Positive Psychology, and from philosophical Virtue Ethics, Logotherapy and Existential Analysis to teach the perspective and techniques of mindful awareness, curious exploration of values and beliefs, attitudinal change and personal responsibility in challenges, and creative flourishing through virtue and self-transcendence. At its heart, this is ethical training and practice on a foundation of mindfulness, for service-oriented and meaning-centered living.
This interactive group curriculum is structured around six modules, each with a mindfulness exercise, expert scholarship and teaching, self-reflection and discussion, introducing the power of ethical and existential analysis for insight and authenticity.
I. A Perspective-Rich, Existential Attitude
The Virtues of Courage,
for Mindful Being-in-the-World
II. Owning Our Shadows
The Virtues of Human Limitation, for Resisting Self-Deception and a Bad-Faith Existence
III. Compassion-Fueled Agency
The Virtues of Heart and Humanism,
for Resilience and Empowering both Self and Neighbor
IV. Response-Ability for Freedom and Facticity
The Virtues of Justice,
for Authenticity and Committed Action
V. The Tragic Triad: Suffering, Guilt, and Death
The Virtues of Transcendence, for Honest Responses
to Absurdity, Despair, and Nihilism
VI. Defiant Joy
The Wisdom Virtues,
for Meaning-in-the-Moment and Ultimate Meaning
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” –C.G. Jung
M&M Rounds 2.0© is designed as a 6-hour group experience, and can be done serially in 1-2 hour sessions or in full-day workshops at your organization or in our studio. We have designed flexibility in the curriculum to facilitate a successful group experience, customizing to accommodate group size variability. If building high group cohesion is a priority, our experience is that smaller-sized groups (up to 15 people) best supports the vulnerability of discussion and sharing. Larger groups are offered a more didactic experience, with proportionally more use of self-reflection exercises over discussion, to optimize the experience for all. All groups are provided mindfulness and self-reflection exercises as part of the core curriculum. Curricular content does provide 4 hours of continuing education in ethics, and a certificate of completion may be arranged at the time of scheduling if this documentation is desired.
Fees: Organization rate is $3000/group for 6 hours, plus $10/per person for the course packet and $20/per person for the cost of the Values-in-Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) and Pathways Report, which is to be individually obtained through our online portal by every participant before the group begins. Additional travel-time charges and travel expenses will be pre-arranged for locations outside of Iowa City.
Professional groups (up to 15 persons) that are interested in building greater community, morale, and team performance have the option of adding the VIA Pro Team report for an additional $15/pp, which analyzes the unique configuration, strengths and growth opportunities of the group and its members, to be incorporated into the course discussion.
Individuals from the general community who are interested in participating in these groups when scheduled at the Virtue Medicine Studio are invited to call our office to inquire on future dates. Cost of $499/person includes all course materials, VIA-IS and Report.
Call for additional assistance: 319-338-5190, or Request our Professionalism Programs Brochures