Continuing Education Conferences

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University is actively engaged in the planning of three continuing education conferences offered in 2017. 

IM4US

The annual IM4US conference will be held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital August 24-26, 2017. The aim of IM4US is to reduce health disparity caused by poverty, racism, and the social determinants of health through integrative medicine.  A long list of chronic illnesses disproportionately affect the poor, with the incidence of chronic pain, mental illness, coronary disease, diabetes, and toxin exposure each between one and a half to eight times their incidence in the general population. As conventional medicine has moved excessively towards a focus on surgeries and pharmaceuticals, it leaves integrative medicine with much to offer to patients with chronic illness. Many of these health issues resist conventional care, at least as it is most often delivered today, yet respond robustly to integrative approaches, and many of these can be provided at low cost.

Our target audience is health care providers, healers, administrators, and staff that provide integrative care to the underserved or who desire to incorporate integrative care to their patients. This includes medical doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, herbalists, acupuncturists, community health workers, health educators, naturopathic doctors, osteopathic doctors, physician assistants, homeopaths, midwives, dieticians, and clinical nutritionists. We welcome administrators, public health workers, researchers, policy analysts, activists, and members of underserved communities.

Learning Objectives.  At the conclusion of this activity participants will be able to:

  1. Select appropriate integrative medicine treatment strategies for use in underserved patient populations.
  2. Evaluate the benefits of integrative medicine models in underserved populations
  3. Share skills and knowledge in sustainable integrative medicine models in underserved populations. 
  4. Select appropriate integrative medicine treatment strategies for use in common problems seen in underserved patient populations
  5. Evaluate the indications, benefits, risks of integrative medicine approaches for underserved populations and select appropriate resources based on patient needs and preferences
  6. List and compare various best practice models for providing effective Integrative Healthcare for patients in underserved communities
  7. Identify new health care providers and healers across disciplines who have a commitment to integrative medicine for the underserved who will help you build your network to support mutual learning and clinical practice.
  8. List and discuss practical options for helping support patient self-care, self-efficacy and self-management tools.

The full agenda will be available at the conference site: https://im4us2017.dryfta.com/en/ or the IM4US website https://im4us.org/app/Home

SIO

Multidisciplinary oncology practitioners from around the globe, including stakeholders from major cancer centers, convene at SIO annual international conferences to discuss the evolution of evidence-based integrative oncology in practice, the steadily growing science base, and its continued rise in popularity use as patients demand a whole-person approach to cancer care with mind, body, and spirit. 

SIO's 14th International Conference will be held November 12-14, 2017 on the theme "Person-Centered Care in Integrative Oncology: Innovations, Impact, and Implementation."

Overarching Goals of the International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology:

  1. Pursue SIO's mission to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer through interdisciplinary and interprofessional education
  2. Encourage rigorous scientific evaluation of both pre-clinical and clinical science, while advocating for the transformation of oncology care to integrate evidence-based complementary approaches
  3. Provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from around the globe for education and discussion of evidence-based integrative oncology in practice, the steadily growing science base, and its continued rise in popularity as patients demand a whole-person approach to cancer care with mind, body, and spirit
  4. Increase knowledge to advance integration of complementary modalities into oncology care, accessibility of evidence-based complementary care as part of standard cancer care for all patients across the cancer continuum

Information on the 2017 conference and the Society for Integrative Oncology is available at https://integrativeonc.org/

roizenThe Preventive and Integrative Medicine Conference is an annual continuing education meeting co-sponsored by the the Cleveland Clinic (Chair Dr. Mike Roizen), Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University (co-chair Dr. Melinda Ring),  and University of California-Davis (co-chair Dr. Rosane Olivera).

OVERVIEW: During the past decade use of preventive, integrative, and lifestyle approaches has greatly expanded, along with the different types of therapies, patient populations, and conditions treated. As these therapies become more integrated into medicine, the sheer volume of different types of therapy and their clinical profiles combine to create gaps among practitioners and patients regarding their clinical efficacy and optimal use in practice.

This conference will focus on discussing the most recent data on these approaches, analyzing their impact, and assessing their best use in clinical practice for the entire family. Key topics to be discussed include aging issues, impact of the immune system, use of shared medical appointments, preventing and treating chronic conditions, use of energy medicine, and plantbased diets.

The format will focus on evidence-based discussions by experts in preventive and integrative medicine. The overarching goal is to provide participants with the knowledge to understand the benefits and risks of these treatment options and how to integrate them into patient-specific management plans, which will ultimately translate into improved patient outcomes. A special feature will be the optional afternoon workshop on Shared Medical Appointments.

The 2017 conference is being held December 8-10, 2017 at the luxurious Four Seasons, Las Vegas, NV.  Full agenda available and REGISTER NOW at ccfcme.org/wellness2017. Use promo  PARTNER (not case sensitive) for  a 20% discount of the course excluding the optional workshop.

 

PAST CONFERENCES

icimh

The International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) will take place at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 17-20, 2016.

The Congress is convened by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, in association with the International Society for Complementary Research, the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

OVERVIEW:  ICIMH's mission is to foster the development of new collaborations and to strengthen existing partnerships within the field of integrative medicine and health. The upcoming ICIMH will have four content areas: research, policy, education, and clinical care. This Congress will showcase original scientific research through keynote and plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations, and innovative sessions.

For detailed program information and registration see: http://www.icimh.org/

Workshops, oral and poster presentations accepted for the 2016 ICIMH conference from Osher Center faculty include:

1)        Victorson D, Maletich C, Surfrin N, Schuette S, Gutierrez B, Cordero E, Johnson C, Stencel D, Bakosh L, Ring M. Development of a New Clinical Mindfulness Research Tool "iM-HERE" to   Enhance, Deliver and Streamline Online Mindfulness Interventions. Oral presentation.

2)        Brady R, Ring M. The Use of Vocal Release and Diaphragmatic Breathing During Bodywork: A Unique Approach for Increased Therapeutic Benefit. Poster

3)        Mehta D, Ring M, Dhruva A, Reddy S, Hillinger M, Dossett M, Adler S. Teaching Clinical Integrative Medicine to Physician Trainees. Workshop.

4)        Mosquera M, Ring M, Agarwal G, Cook K, Victorson D. Development and Psychometric Properties of a New Measure of Medical Student Stress: the Medical Student Stress Scale. Poster.

5)        Weeks J, Olejownik J, Ring M, Dusek J. The Movement toward Values-Based Medicine and the Triple Aim: Is It Increasing Interest in Integrative Health Services? Symposium.​

6)        Maletich, C, Cordero, E, Gutierrez, B, Schuette, S, Sufrin, N, Sanford, S, Smith, K, Victorson, D. The effect of home practice on outcomes during an MBSR course for young adults with cancer: A mixed methods study. Poster.  

7)        Schuette, S, Sufrin, N, Maletich, C, Brendler, C, Victorson, D. A Conceptual Model for Understanding the Benefits of Mindfulness Training among Couples Affected by Prostate Cancer on Active Surveillance. Poster.  

8)        Sufrin, N, Maletich, C, Schuette, S, Brendler, C, Victorson, D. The Effects of Class and Retreat Attendance in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction on Positive Affect and Uncertainty Intolerance in a Uro-Oncology Sample. Poster.

9)        Burnett-Zeigler, I.  Mindfulness Based Depression Intervention for Disadvantaged Women in an Urban Federally Qualified Health Center. Poster.

10)      Moskowitz, J. A Positive Affect Skills Intervention for People Newly Diagnosed with HIV: Results from the IRISS Randomized Controlled Trial. Poster.

11)     Zhai X, Leshner A, Shah K, Berkowitz C, Harrington TJ, Ring M (Faculty Sponsor). Integrate Chicago: An Annual Integrative Medicine Conference by and for Chicago-area Health Profession Students. Student Poster Forum.

roizen

The Preventive and Integrative Medicine Conference is an annual continuing education meeting co-sponsored by the the Cleveland Clinic (Chair Dr. Mike Roizen), Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University (co-chair Dr. Melinda Ring),  and University of California-Davis (co-chair Dr. Rosane Olivera).

OVERVIEW: During the past decade use of preventive, integrative, and lifestyle approaches has greatly expanded, along with the different types of therapies, patient populations, and conditions treated. As these therapies become more integrated into medicine, the sheer volume of different types of therapy and their clinical profiles combine to create gaps among practitioners and patients regarding their clinical efficacy and optimal use in practice.

This conference will focus on discussing the most recent data on these approaches, analyzing their impact, and assessing their best use in clinical practice for the entire family. Key topics to be discussed include aging issues, impact of the immune system, use of shared medical appointments, preventing and treating chronic conditions, use of energy medicine, and plantbased diets.

The format will focus on evidence-based discussions by experts in preventive and integrative medicine. The overarching goal is to provide participants with the knowledge to understand the benefits and risks of these treatment options and how to integrate them into patient-specific management plans, which will ultimately translate into improved patient outcomes. A special feature will be the optional afternoon workshop on Shared Medical Appointments.

The 2016 conference is being held December 2-4, 2016 at the luxurious Four Seasons, Las Vegas, NV.  See the full agenda at https://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/live/courses/wellness/.

Northwestern faculty and staff receive a20% discount on registration by using this link http://ccfcme.org/wellness/getwell/.