Two from the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine One Day Research Symposium in Integrative Medicine and Health October 26, 2011The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is planning its inaugural One Day Research Symposium
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is planning its inaugural One-Day Research Symposium in Integrative Medicine and Health. The symposium will be held in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. According to a note from Ather Ali, ND, MPH, one of the organizers, the goal is to “facilitate a gathering where researchers from a variety of disciplines, at all levels of training, will be able to share their work and connect.” Special attention will be given to research from early-career scientists, students, trainees and fellows. The Symposium will be a peer-reviewed scientific meeting with oral and poster sessions. Keynote speaker will be Josephine Briggs, MD, Director of NCCAM. Submissions due August 15, 2011. Registration fees waived for presenting authors whose abstracts are accepted for oral presentation. www.imconsortium.org/researchday/index.htm
The most significant research conference for the integrative practice field, Integrative Medicine and Health International Research Conference, will take place in Portland Oregon May 15-18, 2012. Key dates for this conference are: submission of research abstracts and proposals ofr session opens online (Sept 1, 2011); deadline for proposals for sessions (Oct 15, 2011), deadline for research abstracts (Nov 15, 2011); early bird registration deadline (March 16, 2012). Website is here: www.IMConsortium-Congress2012.org
The 3rd Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care conference will be held on November 4-6, 2011 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California. The unique conference is sponsored by Holistic Primary Care and led by the publication’s founding editor Erik Goldman. Steven Masley, MD is conference chair for a program that includes both top-flight content on clinical topics from the likes of David Perlmutter, MD and James Gordon, MD and also a focus on marketing and use of the internet in building a clinical business. Integrative medicine medical-legal expert Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW will also present. The focus of the conference is, according to Goldman, “new practice models that put the health back in health care.” Conference co-founder and Holistic Primary Care publisher Meg Sinclair explains:
“We started this because we we’ve met many physicians who are sincerely interested in holistic approaches, and want to practice in a more integrative way. But they can’t figure out how to implement these approaches in their practices, and they’re frustrated. Most holistic/preventive stuff isn’t covered by insurance, so doctors who want to go that way usually need to learn new business skills and practice models. We knew many doctors who have very successful integrative practices, so we thought it would be a great idea to bring them together and create a forum about practice transformation.”
The Health Thy Practice website includes, near the bottom, a series of laudatory testimonials from those who attended in 2010.
Comment: I credit Goldman and Sinclair for not only naming the elephant in the room when they started this conference (economic success for those choosing holistic primary care) but assiduously exploring means to tame it. Take a look at the agenda. Looks like plenty of take-home strategies.