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The Transcendental Meditation elective is meant to provide students a technique they can use as a tool for wellness and transformation during their physician training and beyond.

The elective requires:

  • Introductory session
  • Individual training in Transcendental Meditation (1-1.5 hours/day over four consecutive days)
  • Personal practice of Transcendental Meditation, 20 minutes twice a day
  • Meet two to three times a year for meditation with instructor
  • Attend five lecture discussion throughout the elective. (These will also be filmed and available online for viewing, must supply a one-page summary.)
  • Complete final paper

The entire Stritch community, including faculty and staff, are invited to the lecture discussions.

2016-17 Schedule Overview


*Each meeting is preceded at 5:30 p.m. with a group meditation for those practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Following meditation, refreshments will be served,

August 24

(6-8 PM/SSOM 460)


Transcendental Meditation for Medical Education.

Special guest, David Orme-Johnson Ph.D., prolific researcher and widely cited presenter on the Transcendental Meditation technique and advanced programs, has reviewed research on the effects of meditation (on chronic pain and insomnia) for the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine and for the NIH Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Johns Hopkins University.

September 21

(6-8 PM/SSOM 460)


Measurement of brain functions: What differing modalities show during TM practice and afterward?

Special guest, Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director, Brain, Consciousness and Cognition Lab; Maharishi University of Management.

November 16

(6-8 PM/SSOM 460)


Scientific research on the applicability of TM in a medical practice for patients and practitioner.

Special guest, Robert H. Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., Director of the NIH-funded Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Dean of Medical Programs at Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, IA.

February 8

(6-8 PM/SSOM 360)


The Role of the Transcendental Meditation Program in Reducing Medical Costs.

Special guest, Robert Herron, Director of the Center for Health Systems Analysis in Fairfield, Iowa. He has conducted extensive research on how to improve medical system effectiveness and reduce national and corporate medical expenditures.

April 12

(6-8 PM/SSOM 360)


Evidence for Preventive Medicine, Developing Resilience, and Reversing the Impact of Posttraumatic Stress

Col. (Retired) Brian Rees MD, a veteran of five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, spent eight years in hospital commands. His civilian medical career has included private practice, the California state prison system, and the Veterans Administration. He has published research about the promotion of soldier resilience and resolution of PTSD, most recently as lead author of two published studies about effects of Transcendental Meditation practice in resolving posttraumatic stress in Congolese refugees.

April 19

(6-8 PM/SSOM 460)


Review and Research Introduction to the Stritch Community.

Richard Carroll MD, ScM, FACC