K. Jane Muir

Project Title

STudent Ambassadors of Resiliency (STAR) Project: An Interprofessional Program

Project Overview

The STudent Ambassadors of Resiliency (STAR) project aims to introduce clinicians early on in their training to self-reflection, mind-body practices, mindful communication, and inter-professional discussions, so that they will be less distracted, emotionally reactive and stressed, more present, and ultimately more resilient and less inclined to overuse. It is an inter-professional experience for nursing and medical students at the University of Virginia (U.Va) consisting of four 3-hour experiential and interactive educational sessions and a final summative all-day retreat led by faculty leaders within the U.Va health system who are committed to promoting clinician resilience, healthy work environments, and compassionate, high-quality patient care. A total of 30 students (15 nursing and 15 medical) will participate in the training and complete a mini project that they can implement in their everyday interactions with patients, peers, and other health care professionals.


University of Virginia

Meet the Team

K. Jane Muir, BS, BA, is a third-year undergraduate nursing student, fourth year Spanish major at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. At U.Va, Jane serves as a program assistant for the Compassionate Care Initiative, which aims to cultivate a compassionate and resilient workforce in the U.Va health system. Her involvement with this initiative, as well as her clinical experience, contributed to her interest in developing the STAR project with her team to combat the culture of overuse in healthcare systems. Jane currently serves as a student representative for the School of Nursing on U.Va’s Student Council and is a trustee for her class. 

J. Andrew Starr is currently a fourth-year medical student at the U.Va School of Medicine. He received a master of acupuncture degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD in 2008 and has been a long time practitioner of various forms of yoga and meditation. He is currently applying for residency training in internal medicine. His research interests include exploring ways in which contemplative practices such as yoga and meditation can help effect behavioral change in order to improve health outcomes. Andy is also the proud father of two daughters, Sophia and Rachael.

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Her research and teaching focus on mind-body and contemplative approaches to bolster resilience and well-being in clinicians, patients, and university students. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and past-president of the Society for Integrative Oncology, among other significant awards and service. Besides numerous scholarly publications, she authored a book for the lay public, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully With Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness.


Email: K. Jane Muir kjm5xw@virginia.edu