The Second Osler Symposium - Doctoring in the 21st Century, October 20-23, 2012 in San Diego, CA

PRE-CONFERENCES

Friday, Oct. 19  &  Saturday, Oct. 20

 
AN EXPERIENTIAL TRAINING IN MEDITATION, MIND TRAINING, AND INNER DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF OPTIMAL HEALTH & HUMAN FLOURISHING

Friday, October 19th, 9:00am–5:00pm  &  
Saturday, October 20th, 8:00am–12:00pm
Cost:  $295, includes syllabus, breakfasts (Friday & Saturday) and lunch (Friday)
CME Credits:  10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits

There is an extraordinary state of well-being which exists within each and every one of us. It is an authentic and enduring state of serenity, happiness, wisdom, and freedom. It is the crowning achievement of human development, and achievement which is gained through inner development and the expansion of consciousness. For millennia and across diverse cultures wise healers have expressed this view. Why is this possible? The answer is simple. The most profound health is a state-of-being rather than the state of our biology. The ancient Greeks called this Eudaimonia. In modern times we call this “human flourishing.”

This 2-day intensive, experiential program will provide participants with a base of knowledge and a series of time-tested practices that promote integral health and human flourishing. The sessions will draw upon traditional approaches to inner development that emphasize study, reflection, meditation, mind training, and ongoing mentoring. At the conclusion of this program participants will have the necessary knowledge to integrate these practices into daily life and progressively into professional practice. NOTE: No prior experience in meditation is necessary—only a willingness to learn.

At the conclusion of this pre-conference the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the role of contemplative/meditative knowledge and practices in health and well-being.
  • Integrate meditation practices into daily life.
  • Understand the consciousness-based perspective of stress, distress, and suffering.
  • Develop the capacity to integrate mindfulness, open-listening, loving-kindness, and formal meditation practice into the therapeutic encounter.
  • Understand how consciousness-based principles and practices can be applied to disturbances such as: Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Addictive Disorders, Heart Disease, Chronic Ailments and Depression.

Elliott Dacher, MDPresented by: Elliott Dacher, MD
Dr. Dacher practiced full-time internal medicine from 1975 to 1996. In 1996 he left his medical practice to begin an in-depth study of the principles and practices of consciousness and health—an ongoing study of the subtlest mind/body medicine which he pursued for many years amongst the wisdom traditions of Asia. He is the author of Aware, Awake, Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Practice of Integral Health and Human Flourishing, Integral Health, Whole Healing, and Intentional Healing. Dr. Dacher is a past Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a frequent presenter and seminar leader.

Friday, October 19

9:00–10:00am

Optimal Health in the Western Tradition

10:00–10:30am

Mediation and Mind Training - Philosophy and Practice

10:30–10:45am

Break

10:45–11:30 am

Experiential Meditation Training Session

11:30am –12:45pm

Discussion

12:45–1:15am

Introduction to Mind Training Practice

1:15–1:45pm

Lunch

1:45–2:45pm:

The Nature of Stress, Distress,  Suffering, and its Remedies

2:45–3:15pm:

Experiential Session: Meditation and Mind Training

3:15–3:30pm:

Break

3:30–4:15pm:

Emotional Afflictions: Sources and Remedies

4:15–5:00pm

Overcoming the Overactive Mind

Saturday, October 20

8:00–8:45am

Practice Review

8:45–9:15am

Experiential Session: Meditation and Mind Training

9:15–10:00am

Integrating Practice Into Professional Work

10:00–10:15am

Break

10:15 –11:30am

Principles and Practices of Optimal Health and Human Flourishing

11:30am –12:00noon

Future Resources Development


 

FINDING BALANCE THROUGH YOGA AND BREATHING: AN INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

Friday, October 19th, 4:00–9:00pm &
Saturday, October 20th, 8:00am–12:00pm
Cost:  $225, includes syllabus, dinner and breakfast
CME Credits:  7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits

The demands on physicians to care for the increasingly chronically ill and chronically stressed patient population are getting even tougher as the problems become more complex. Doctors are expected to provide expert care and guidance so that patients can be speedily “returned to a state of good health.” And patients expect that this care will be delivered with patience, compassion and kindness.  These are not unreasonable expectations, especially when patients are facing a difficult illness. Intense workplace pressures are challenging and can lead to burnout and “compassion fatigue.”

This 2-day workshop will teach healthcare professionals how to make time for self-care. By developing self-awareness and using yoga and long deep breathing to find new connections in mind and body, participants will learn self-guided techniques to manage everyday stressors. These techniques improve well-being and help make it less frustrating and more rewarding to care for patients who just want to feel better, too.

During the practice sessions, participants will experience first-hand the changes in physiology that result from doing yoga and breathing exercises. We will discuss how they affect the stress response and modulate inflammatory pathways.  We will also learn how these responses can be applied to clinical medicine.

At the conclusion of this pre-conference the participant will be able to:

  • Understand how changes in lifestyle and behavior can be harnessed to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Identify and correlate states of chronic stress to cardiovascular disease, chronic disease, and burnout.
  • Explain stress reduction techniques, and/or build upon various tools that effectively reduce stress, muscle tension, and anxiety, while improving oxygen delivery, and cognitive function.
  • Understand the physiology of breathing and meditation with relevance to patient encounters. Emphasis will be placed on the physiology behind techniques used for reducing overall stress.
  • Discuss the safe use of yoga and long deep breathing, both in patient care and self-care, and understand how these practices can produce neuroendocrine, immunologic, and cardiovascular benefits.

Satkirin Khalsa, MDPresented by: Satkirin Khalsa, MD
Dr. Khalsa has pursued an integrative medicine career since she entered medical school. Her interests in bridg-ing the gap between eastern and western medicine can be traced back to her childhood in northern India where she began her extensive study in yoga. Dr. Khalsa completed her medical residency training at the Mayo Clinic. While there she started a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and the Southwest College of Naturopathhic Medicine. Dr. Khalsa received the Mayo Clinic Natural Medicine Award in 2007.

Friday, October 19

4:00–5:00pm

Finding Balance In The Equation of Life

5:30–6:30pm

Daily Stressors: Identify Modern Ties That Bind Us

6:30–7:30pm

Dinner

730–8:30pm

Stress Reduction: Utilize ‘Ancient’ Tools To Unwind Us

8:30–9:00pm

The Power Of Your Breath: Physiology in Focus

Saturday, October 20

8:00–9:00am

Physics And The Gravitational Laws of Neuro-Endocrine Stress Reduction

9:00–10:00am

Yoga and Breathing for Carotid Baroreceptor Sensitivity and Cardiac Health

10:00–10:15am

Break

10:15 –11:15am

Yoga and Patient Care: Education Through Animation and Simulation

11:15–11:30am

Break

11:30am –12:00noon

Prescribing Yoga, As Modified and Needed, In Clinical Medicine

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