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Integrative, Lifestyle-Oriented Approach to Health Care Is ‘Essential’

Nationally recognized expert in mind/body health education will give free public lecture on the evidence-based impact of integrative medicine on patient outcomes

WHAT:    “Why Integrative Medicine Is Essential for Health Professionals,” is the topic of the eighth annual Integrative Medicine Distinguished Lectureship sponsored by the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM).

Portland is a national leader in integrative medicine. It is the only city in the country to house allopathic (Oregon Health & Science University), naturopathic (National College of Natural Medicine), traditional Chinese medicine (Oregon College of Oriental Medicine) and chiropractic/massage (Western States Chiropractic) colleges within its city limits. These colleges form OCIM, the only organization of its type in the world to promote integrative health through education, research and patient care.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit

WHEN:    Thursday, April 15, 7 to 8 p.m. A complimentary buffet will be served at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:    OHSU Auditorium (old library building)
    3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239

DETAILS:    This year’s guest lecturer, Aviad Haramati, Ph.D., professor of physiology, biophysics and medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, will discuss the importance of training health professionals (and ultimately all professionals) in integrative medicine techniques, its impact on patient outcomes and the evidence base behind this recommendation. With the high prevalence of emotional exhaustion and burnout among health care providers, especially primary care practitioners, and a health care system that struggles with delivering patient- centered care, it is essential that health professionals are trained to embody personal mind/body health skills.

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