Continuing Medical Education Units (CMEs)
“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 U.C.S.D.’s 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.
CME credits are available for health care practitioners. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All professionals may request a non-physician UC San Diego CME certificate. Out-of-state participants should check with their licensing boards to determine whether the board will accept these credits.
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 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, evidence-based herbal medicine, and mind body approaches in heart disease, cancer, addiction, and digestive disorders.
At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:
- 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.
- Describe the importance of mindful and healthy eating in prevention and management of common medical conditions.
- Discuss 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, and stress management for prevention and in the management of common medical conditions.
The 2007 National Health Interview Survey revealed that use of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) has steadily increased with approximately 38 percent of US adults and approximately 12 percent of children are using some form of CAM. Since 2002, 75% of this rise attributed to mind-body therapies (MBT) such as yoga, meditation, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises, tai chi and qi gong. In addition, more than 200,000 U.S. adults reported using Ayurvedic medicine in the previous year. A growing body of scientific evidence has demonstrated that lifestyle interventions including diet, exercise and stress management is an essential component in the treatment of chronic disease that can be as effective as medication, but without the risks and unwanted side-effects. Patients are asking their providers about the medical value of these therapies and increasingly conventional providers are recommending CAM modalities particularly MBT. It is important for health care providers to be familiar with these approaches in order to address the risks and benefits of these modalities with their patients. Since these approaches are not routinely incorporated into most medical school curricula, health care providers are seeking trusted sources for learning about these techniques. This course has been offered for the past 17 years to address these needs.
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 cme.ucsd.edu
This course is designed for physicians including primary care providers, oncologists, and psychiatrists, and allied health practitioners including naturopaths and acupuncturists.
Please note, transportation & accommodations are not included.