Secondary Topic: Faculty development/leadership
Inspiring the Next Generation of Integrative Medicine
Marisa Soski, ND Student, National University of Natural Medicine , Portland, OR, United States; Rebekah Wilks, DC Student, University of Western States , Portland, OR, United States
Late Breaker: No
This interactive workshop will provide the tools necessary to assist faculty and students in constructing Integrative Medicine organizations at their respective institutions.
The 2007 National Health Interview Survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released that 38% of Americans (114 million) used alternative forms of healthcare. It is postulated that $7.7 billion are wasted by patients who utilize both forms of healthcare, but don’t inform either their complementary or conventional provider1. This simultaneously increases healing time, the probability of interactions, and cost; this is not reflective of patient-centered care. It has become increasingly paramount to educate healthcare professionals on the importance of interprofessional communication and collaboration, especially when these practitioners are students. The Student Alliance for Integrative Medicine (SAIM) in Portland, Oregon is working to teach budding professionals the importance and value of Integrative Medicine. SAIM is a unique organization comprised of students from various health care disciplines, including Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Psychology, and Traditional Medicine. We were developed to address the necessity for engaging medically-focused students in integrative medicine before they enter the workforce, so that they will be equipped with interprofessional networking skills, knowledge of treatment modality effectiveness, and a general respect for colleagues and other professions. SAIM has been assembling a toolkit to be placed on our website that will help other students and institutions begin to implement their own organizations and integrative medicine networks. Ultimately, this workshop will help promote Integrative Medicine by facilitating and motivating students and professionals to build interprofessional relationships for purposes of attaining the goal of high-quality patient-centered care.
1. Jensen, C., (2015). The Health Professions’ Continuum Cleft. Integrative Medicine, 14(4), pp. 32.
Materials to be Distributed
SAIM toolkit fill-in-the-blank handout
Special Equipment RequestProjector with iPad/Surface connection, 2 lapel microphones, Paper and pens
Room Set-up RequestTable pods of 4-6 people