Mindfulness has been defined as moment to moment, non-judgmental awareness, wrote UTMB’s Dr. Victor S. Sierpina. “When applied to medical practice, it means being truly present and ‘in the room’ with the patient in front of you. It is so easy to be distracted from being fully present, attentive and open to a patient during an encounter. The last patient, next patient, previous history of the current patient as well as other distractions such as pages, cell phone calls, business and personal issues all run through our minds like parallel movies and soundtracks to the present moment. Of course, this is evident to our patients who will perceive us in this non-mindful state as inattentive, hurried, not listening well, non-compassionate and so on.” Sierpina advises physicians bring their full presence into a patient encounter. “With such an intent, often a magical thing happens and the time of visit seems to dilate and expand. All things that need to be done get done, and moreover, the patient feels fully honored and respected by our presence and attentiveness. As a physician, this also feels good as we have honored our inner commitment to professionalism, caring and providing respect and empathy. (Link unavailable.)