Hello there! I am also a physician who has now transitioned to teaching MBSR and meditation. Alyson, I, too, am a Preventive Medicine doc ;) and Michael - Dr. Epstein was my Med school advisor. He is amazing. The retreats he and Dr. Krasner run in Batavia, NY are very nourishing. Thank you, Ulka, for starting this thread!
I was fortunate to have been able to get training and co-teach MBSR with an attending trained by CFM during residency. That experience really set me up well for the CFM training pathway and confirmed my decision to take this path in my career as I have had a personal meditation practice since my early 20’s. I always wanted a way to share this with patients and MBSR is a beautiful curriculum to do just that. I also move around internationally with my husband’s career, and teaching mindfulness allows me to always find work wherever we go.
Re: finding opportunities, I try and network within the medical community and local yoga or complementary medicine providers during our moves. For example, I will be giving a lunch talk for docs at our local hospital soon. These help to let them know what I can offer and often attract fellow physicians or other healthcare providers to learn mindfulness, often leading to referrals for their patients, etc.
I am still along the CFM pathway, so I don’t teach strict MBSR yet. I modify the curriculum to include other Lifestyle Medicine principles from my specialty and often will tailor it for specific communities.
I am so happy to connect with other physicians along this pathway. Please feel free to reach out! Wishing you all the best.
With love, Rashmi