Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Network Forum


The continued support from the Weil Foundation for the Osher Center helps to bring together integrative medicine researchers, educators and clinicians to promote collaboration and also to encourage cross-institutional projects and initiatives in the field.  The 2020 Integrative Medicine Network Forum: Learning Horizontally and Vertically: Building Networks Within and Between Healthcare Professions was held on November 6th.

This virtual forum promoted integration between medical education, research and clinical innovation via three main themes: resiliency, interprofessional education and diversity, equity and inclusion.  These three interconnected themes are critical to the education mission at the Osher Center, and can profoundly shape all aspects of the emerging field of IM.  Participants looked at the epidemic of healthcare provider burnout, reviewed the need for individual and systems-based approaches to promote well-being and resilience, and understood how provider resiliency and IM education directly affects patient care. Focus was placed on the importance of interprofessional education in healthcare professions that include conventional providers (e.g. physicians, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists) and complementary/integrative healthcare providers (e.g. chiropractors, acupuncturists, mind-body instructors). Dialogues were engaged in that focused on how understandings of diversity, equity, and inclusion within IM contribute to creativity in research, innovation in education, and overall improved quality of care.