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Center for Clinician Well-Being

Mount St. Mary’s University’s Center for Clinician Well-Being is an innovative approach to integrating evidence-based well-being practices into pre-professional training.

Through active involvement in the Center’s initiatives, graduates will be prepared to thrive long-term in healthcare careers.

For more information on the Center for Clinician Well-Being please call 301-447-5121 or email

Center for Clinician Well-Being Mission

The Center for Clinician Well-Being helps clinicians build lifelong habits that lead to contentment, resilience, wellness and persistence in a meaningful career of service.

Our Approach

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Integrating Evidence-Based Well-Being Training

The Center helps students build mindsets and practices that lead to well-being by focusing on wellness, resilience and contentment. These three components of well-being are adapted from the Mayo Clinic's Strategies to Reduce Burnout.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The Center teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practices, a scientifically supported form of mindfulness and meditation. Originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, MBSR has been extensively studied and documented.

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Resiliency Training

The Center will adapt research-based resiliency training practices to effectively address the specific needs of healthcare professionals. Resilience, once believed to be an innate trait, is now acknowledged as a quality that can be cultivated and enhanced.

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Practice Sampling

At the Center, students will have the chance to learn and engage in various practices, such as Yoga, Qi-Gong, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Gratitude Journaling. Students learn the science behind each practice, while discovering well-being practices that resonate individually.

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Practitioner Role Models

The Center will facilitate discussions with practicing clinicians, providing students a platform to learn from other’s personal well-being journeys. Drawing insights from these role models in the field is crucial. While the Center's primary focus lies on individual well-being, the discussions will also encompass organizational well-being strategies.

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Individualized Well-Being Coaching

The Center offers individualized coaching to every student with the goal of fostering habits that will endure throughout their careers as clinicians. This coaching will continue throughout the clinical year and beyond, ensuring ongoing growth and development.

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A Dedicated Space

The Center for Clinician Well-Being is an inviting physical space, incorporated within the School of Health Professions. Unlike a conventional classroom, the Center's ambiance resembles that of a tranquil yoga studio. Students are encouraged to make use of this space for their coursework, extracurricular activities, and moments of quiet respite throughout the day.

Dr. Aaron George SoHP advisory board member

To best care for others, clinicians also need to tend to their own self-care and well-being. This requires intentional training that is not traditionally a part of medical education.

Aaron George, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, FAAFP, FCPP School of Health Professions Advisory Board Member, Mount St. Mary's University / Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine

Meet Our Faculty

Mary Jackson, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-EM

Mary Jackson, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-EM

Program Director, PA Program

Leanne Hedges, MMS, PA-C

Leanne Hedges, MMS, PA-C

Associate Program Director, Physician Assistant Program

Ndidi Nwokorie, MD

Ndidi Nwokorie, MD

Medical Director - PA Program

Tara Jernejcic, PA-C

Tara Jernejcic, PA-C

Clinical Director - PA Program

Megan Putman, PA-C

Megan Putman, PA-C

Academic Director - PA Program

Kevin Richardson, PA-C

Kevin Richardson, PA-C

Director of Assessments - PA Program

Marie Lalor

Marie Lalor

Dean’s Assistant, School of Health Professions

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D.

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D.

Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program / Assistant Professor

Kwadwo Britwum, Ph.D.

Kwadwo Britwum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Correll, Ph.D.

Rebecca Correll, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


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