Dr Ananda's presentation for the National Conference on “CHANGING TRENDS IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION – 2016”- 20th August at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry Introduction: Recent developments showcased through social media highlight a lack of human values in modern medical professionals. Compassion, empathy and a sincere desire to relieve suffering are found lacking and this seemingly becomes even rarer as qualifications increase. Kidney rackets, unnecessary surgeries, laboratory referral commissions and inflated bills are commonly bemoaned and even recently medical students in Chennai were found throwing a poor dog off their rooftop in glee. This paper presents the view that introduction of Yoga in medical education may help stem the rot and restore values. Why yoga? Yoga is an ancient cultural heritage of India spreading rapidly and being practiced by millions across the globe. It offers a broader perspective of life and refines the personality thus enabling the practitioner to attain their inherent potential in a holistic manner. Yoga is not just a system of exercise but is a way of life. It stresses the importance of social and personal values through the yama (restraints of subhuman tendencies such as violence, stealing and greed etc) and the niyama (humane observances including cleanliness, contentment, self-introspection and dispassionate discipline). The inculcation of these universal values in medical students at the start of their professional career can help them be more humane in their life and profession. Suggested mechanisms: Numerous physical and mental techniques of Yoga such as asana, pranayama, dharana and dhyana enable attainment of physical, mental and emotional fitness thus enabling them to be skillful and efficient in dealing with omnipresent stressors. A broader worldview enables them to perform their duty in the spirit of nishkama karma (non-attachment to results of actions) thus preventing the unhealthy “Me first”, “Make the most money”, “who cares as long as I am safe” type of attitudes in them. A healthy connection with their inner self creates a cheerful, strong and compassionate being empathetic towards the suffering. In conclusion: Introduction of Yoga as a holistic way of life with stress on its astha anga (eight components) in the medical curriculum can inculcate a compassionate sense of karuna and seva (selfless service) towards our human brethren. The understanding that illness becomes wellness when we consciously move from the limited sense of “I” to a broader inclusive “WE" will motivate young doctors to be vehicles of change thus restoring once again the much extolled nobility of our medical profession.