MAYWOOD, Ill. -- For decades, traditional medicine has been dismissed as so much voodoo by practitioners of more modern medicine, but millions still rely on acupuncture, homeopathy and other alternative therapies to heal their aches and pain.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, area medical students and faculty will put aside their skepticism to explore the possible benefits of alternative therapies during the Integrate Chicago Conference 2009, an event that will be held at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, John & Herta Cuneo Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.
"The students who participate are going to have a much better knowledge of the alternative treatments many of our patients are already using," said Dr. Aaron Michelfelder, associate professor, family medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "They'll be better able to integrate alternative medicine therapies with standard treatments we normally use for patients."
The conference, which is in its fifth year, was organized by Chicago-area medical students who wanted to learn more about alternative medicine, said Erin McNeely, a second-year medical student at Stritch School of Medicine who attended last year’s conference.
"Even if I don't agree with or use any of those alternative methods, I'm going to one day have patients that are interested in them and want to ask me questions about them," said McNeely, who helped organized this year's conference. "I feel that it's my responsibility to learn about these things."
Traditional treatments that will be discussed and demonstrated include acupuncture, integrative oncology, homeopathy, bioenergetics healing, Qigong, and herbal, massage and Reiki touch therapies. Michelfelder, who is board-certified in medical acupuncture and family medicine, will demonstrate acupuncture while discussing some of its principles. Dr. Charles Dumont, associate professor, pediatrics, Stritch School of Medicine, will discuss homeopathy.
Admission to the conference is $15 before Thursday, Jan. 15 and $20 afterwards. To register online, go to http://www.integratechicago.com/Registration.html. Online registration closes at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16. You can register the day of the conference beginning at 9 a.m. when the event begins. For directions, speakers' bios and more information, go to http://www.integratechicago.com/index.html. All activities take place at Stritch School of Medicine. The day's events will include:
* 9-9:30 a.m. -- Registration, Break-out Session Selection (first come, first serve) and Breakfast, Room 190
* 9:30-11 a.m. -- Dean's Welcome: Dr. John M. Lee, Stritch School of Medicine, Room 190
- Morning Plenary: Dr. Aaron Michelfelder: "Pathways to Integrative Medicine," Room 190
* 11-11:15 a.m. -- Break
* 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Breakout Session One – Choose one:
- "Wisdom from the East: Developing a Healthy and Balanced Lifestyle," Dr. Charles Dumont, Room 445
- "Women's Health & Fertility," Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, Room 150
- Healing Touch, Massage Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy Experiences and Discussions -- Horizon Hospice CAM Team, Rooms 170 & 190
- "Bioengetic Healing and Qigong," Dr. Patrick Massey, Room 360
- "Perfect Health and Total Healing, According to Ayurveda," Sathi Singh, Ph.D., Room 160
* 12:15-1:15 p.m. -- Catered lunch with Breakout Session Leaders
* 1:15-2:15 p.m. -- Breakout Session Two -- Choose one:
- "Integrative Oncology," Dr. Nora Bucher and Charlotte Gyllenhaal, Ph.D., Room 150
- "Homeopathy: The Subtle Medical Science,” Dr. Charles Dumont, Room 445
- "Holistic Care in Life's Final Journey," Dr. Michael C. Marschke, Room 375
- "Acupuncture Demonstration," Dr. Aaron Michelfelder, Room 170
- "Reiki Touch Therapy: A Hands-On Healing Method for all Physicians," Dr. David Miller, Room 360
* 2:15-2:30 p.m. -- Break
* 2:30-3:30 p.m. Keynote Address: "Current Research in Herbal Medicine," Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, Room 190
* 3:30-5 p.m. -- 2009 Planning Committee meeting with those interested in organizing next year's Integrate Chicago conference, Room 190