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November 17, 2020

Garrison Institute Forum: The Peak of Resilience

Garrison Institute Forum: The Peak of Resilience 
Lina Pasquale in Conversation with Mark Roberts, Doctors Lawrence Wolf & Shaurya Sharma of Maimonides Medical Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped all of our lives.  Not least of these, the lives of healthcare professionals working on the front-lines. Yet amidst the long, challenging days in the hospitals, the medical staff across the country consistently demonstrated care and compassion for their patients.  How do they cultivate such enduring resilience?  

On Tuesday, November 17th at 3:00 PM ET, Mark Roberts, Buddhist in Residence at Maimonides Medical Center, along with team members Dr. Lawrence Wolf, MD, FACP and Chief Resident Dr. Shaurya Sharma, MD will join in conversation with The Garrison Institute’s Director of the Contemplative-Based Resilience Project, Lina Pasquale. Together they will explore the face of resilience among hospital staff throughout the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of awareness, balance and connection.  

Mark serves as a humanism and mindfulness leader in several teaching hospitals throughout New York City, equipping healthcare teams with contemplative tools within the demanding environment of medical facilities. Dr. Lawrence Wolf is the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education in Internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center and has been a core faculty member of The Humanism Project (THP) since its inception.  Dr. Shaurya Sharma is Chief Resident Physician at Maimonides Medical Center and has trained and educated over 100 medical residents during his tenure. Together they will discuss the many ways mindfulness practices and tools have anchored doctors, nurses and the greater hospital teams through some of the most challenging days of their careers.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 3pm ET on Tuesday, November 17th. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 3pm on Tuesday, November 17th. Please note that participation in this webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share space physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

Mark Roberts A meditation practitioner for 30 years, Mark Roberts leads awareness and creativity workshops and seminars in the United States and Europe. He has developed and runs mindfulness and resiliency programs in several teaching hospitals in New York where he brings empathy and awareness techniques to Graduate Medical Education and faculty development. Mark has presented at medical conferences and teaches regularly in schools, universities, and arts organizations including, Maimonides Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, SUNY Downstate and NYU. He has volunteered with international NGO’s working in Cambodia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Niger, Tanzania, Jamaica, and Haiti.

Lawrence Wolf, MD, FACP is a board-certified general internist who has been actively involved in medical education for over 20 years.  He practices both primary care and hospital-based medicine. He has been the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education in Internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY for the past 6 years.  He was the Director of the Inpatient Teaching Service there for 4 years.  Dr. Wolf also has board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.  

Prior to his employment at Maimonides, Dr. Wolf was at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, with roles including Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency, Director of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Site Director for third-year clerks, and Chairman of the hospital’s Ethics Committee.  He has been actively involved regionally and nationally in the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, serving a term as the President of the New York chapter.  Dr. Wolf is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. Wolf has been a core faculty member of The Humanism Project (THP) at Maimonides Medical Center since its inception.  He has been integrally involved in the curricular development and execution of all aspects of the Project.  He has developed a unique perspective on the challenges in implementing a communication skills curriculum in a large, complex residency program.  He has presented workshops on various topics at regional and national meetings.  Among other publications, he has written chapters on medical education in the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine’s Textbook for Internal Medicine Education Programs and Textbook for Today’s Chief Medicine Resident.

Dr. Shaurya Sharma is a chief resident physician at the Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn. Dr. Sharma was born and raised in India where he finished his medical school and training in Ophthalmology in his home state of Punjab. After graduating from his Internal Medicine residency training in the summer of 2020, he has been involved in the training, education, and management of about one hundred residents at Maimonides. His special interests include medical education on social media platforms, narrative medicine, humanism in medicine and simulation training. His hobbies include revisiting the modern history of India, mythology, food and attending live music events. An avid cinephile, Dr. Sharma can always be found procrastinating about writing an award-winning script.


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