Continuing Medical Education Information

“Ultimately the best use of a physician’s knowledge is to teach people how to heal themselves.” 
–David Simon, M.D., Chopra Center co-founder

Bring Mind-Body Healing to Your Patients

Journey Into Healing is an accredited course in integrative medicine presented in partnership by the internationally renowned Chopra Center for Wellbeing and UC San Diego School of Medicine. This experiential workshop is for health care professionals who want to expand their knowledge of mind-body medicine and its practical applications for patient care.
Accreditation Detail:

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physician Credit Designation
AMA: The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in March and a maximum of 19.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in August. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All professionals may request a non-physician certificate of attendance certificate. Out-of-state participants should check with their licensing boards to determine whether the board will accept these credits. 

Continuing Medical Education

Expand Your Clinical Competency

In the past decade, the popularity of complementary medicine has soared. Research shows that more than 1 in 3 Americans are now seeking out mind-body healing therapies to supplement their conventional care, and a growing number of patients are asking for guidance about the value of various holistic modalities.

Journey Into Healing is an opportunity for doctors and other health care providers to deepen their understanding of integrative medicine in a stimulating immersion course led by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and panel of other leading experts.

Lecture topics include:

  • Herbal medicine and its applications for health and healing
  • Digestion, optimal nutrition, and conscious eating
  • Ayurvedic approaches to common health conditions
  • Enlivening health through the five senses
  • Identifying an individual’s mind-body type (dosha) and current imbalances
  • The role of emotions in health and healing

Journey Into Healing offers instruction in powerful tools and techniques that both physicians and patients can use to create greater health, balance, and fulfillment in their daily lives.
Course Description and Objectives

Clinicians are increasingly called upon to advise patients on health approaches not commonly taught in conventional medical training programs. Journey Into Healing explores a theoretical framework, based on Ayurvedic mind-body principles, that enables physicians and health providers to evaluate the appropriate role of complementary medicine, from both a traditional and scientific perspective. Topics covered include psychoneuroimmunology, stress management techniques, nutritional components of illness, introduction to Ayurvedic herbal medicine, and mind body approaches in prevention and disease management.

 At the end of the CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the framework of Ayurveda as a complete mind-body-spirit healing system.
  • Describe how psychological and emotional states influence physical health and illness, including neurotransmitter, endocrine and immune changes.
  •  Practice and recognize the role of meditation, breathing, and movement as mind-body modalities.
  • Discuss the use of sensory input for healing, including the mechanisms behind their actions.
  • Describe the importance of mindful and healthy eating in prevention and management of common medical conditions, based on the Ayurvedic Six Tastes.
  • Identify key herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine including indications, side effects, interactions and contraindications as well as evidence-based research.
  • Utilize a lifestyle history to formulate an individualized patient care treatment program that integrates lifestyle interventions such as diet (nutrition), exercise, daily routine and stress management for prevention and in the management of common medical conditions.

Needs Assessment

Most physicians and other health care practitioners received no training in complementary and alternative medicine practices, yet there is a growing number of people that are using CAM practices.  Approximately 38% of adults in America use some form of CAM for health and wellness or to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Practitioners need to have some sort of understanding, or exposure, to the various CAM practices in which their patients may be participating, including Ayurveda.

In the last decade, Ayurveda has been growing in popularity in North America. In 2004, the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM) released the results of a survey of 31,000 people in the United States. Four-tenths of one percent of the respondents had used Ayurveda in the past. One-tenth of one percent of respondents had used Ayurveda in the last year. In another survey, it was estimated that in the United States, approximately 751,000 people have received Ayurvedic treatment, according to a 2004 National Center for Health Statistics study. It is important for health care practitioners to become familiar with the principles of Ayurveda in order to have meaningful discussions with their patients.  Physicians attending the conference will gain an understanding of the science and meaning behind Ayurveda’s efficacy in order to incorporate some of the recommendations into their practices.
Needs Assessment/Practice gaps: Knowledge of mind-body medicine, specifically Ayurveda, as a mind-body healing system; familiarity with Ayurvedic herbs; knowledge of recent research confirming benefits to mind-body practices such as meditation.   Filling these gaps would give physicians new knowledge, as well as help in performance in the office by understanding CAM practices their patients are using, and some of the herbs that can be used to help patients, many of which patients are already using.  The conference should increase practitioners’ competence when discussing Ayurvedic/mind-body practices with their patients.
Cultural and Linguistic Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect on July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the state of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners, speakers and authors of this CME activity have been encouraged to address issues relevant in their topic area. In addition, a variety of resources are available that address cultural and linguistic competency, some of which are included in your syllabus or handout materials. Additional resources and information about AB1195 can be found
Disclosure: It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms: 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose will be disqualified from participating in the CME activity.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians including primary care providers, oncologists, and psychiatrists, and allied health practitioners including naturopaths and acupuncturists.