Jordyn Feingold is a first-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine. She is passionate about integrating the science of well-being into medicine and creating cultures that enable practitioners and patients to thrive. Jordyn completed her undergraduate studies in Health and Societies as well as her Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania.
While transitioning to medical school, Jordyn researched and explored the vast opportunities for positive psychology to make medicine a more positive, thriving, efficient, and effective practice, where she developed the REVAMP method.

Today we are talking about Positive Psychology, the wellbeing and flourishing of medical school students, and moving away from the medicine of the past and present.

Show Notes:

  • Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania (6:00)
  • It’s the science of well-being and human flourishing (6:30)
  • We need to teach them [medical students] the science of positive psychology, which is a burgeoning field that it’s basically a science of ancient wisdom that we don’t use enough in medicine. (13:00)
  • We need suffering to sort of understand what it’s all about. (30:45)
  • We’ve seen an increase in depression and a serious decline in wellbeing because we didn’t prepare for the future. We didn’t make any adjustment to the way that healthcare is practiced. (35:45)

Deadly Quotes:

“The whole notion that you go to the doctor and it’s not how healthy are you? It’s how sick are you?” (7:30)

“To really bring an emphasis of wellbeing and flourishing to medical students early on in their training such that they can learn and integrate these principles into their own habits so they can treat their patients to the best of their ability.”  (9:00)

“The larger paradigm shift for me is what I call positive medicine. It’s moving away from the medicine of the past and present, which is totally focused on getting rid of disease and seeing health as the absence of disease, toward envisioning health as something that can be pursued every day even in the absence of disease.” (11:30)

“Whenever shit hits the fan or something goes wrong or an unexpected curve ball is thrown in the way it’s about trying to find the lesson and figure out how to hold the positive somewhere in line with the negative.” (23:45)

“If you could take a pill that made you never experience [00:30:30] negative emotions would you want to take that?” (30:15)

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