As the co-director of the Facial Pain Unit in the Department of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as an Associate in Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Bruce Freeman was seeing some of the real effects of stress and burnout on the dental residents he was supervising. “After hearing the tragic news of multiple suicides of U of T dental students in the past few years, and knowing the tremendous pressures that our learners are under, made me want to try something different.”
In addition to his work at Mount Sinai, Bruce was undertaking yoga teacher training and learning more about mindfulness meditation practice in order to manage his own stress. Through this, he saw an opportunity to bring mindfulness, breathing techniques, and meditation as a starting point to open the conversation about mental wellness, helping residents fill their personal tool box with ways to handle the daily stressors of practice.
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