Thursday, December 29, 2011

Impact of Integrative Medicine Explored at Loyola Conference

WHAT:  Integrative medicine has become a vital tool in medical practitioners’ arsenal to treat the whole person and not just the disease. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is hosting a full-day conference that will examine its role in today’s medical care.

“Participants will gain a great knowledge of the alternative treatments that are available for patients and how to integrate them with traditional medical care to benefit patients,” said Dr. Aaron Michelfelder, associate professor of family medicine at Stritch.

Highlights include a session on dance/yoga fusion, group discussions about challenges in integrative medicine research and leaders in the field talking about what is on the horizon for integrative care.

“One of our goals is to help medical students see that not all treatments will be covered in standard medical education. We need to be open to what will most benefit our future patients and look at what other treatments can be integrated with the standard of care we are learning to provide,” said Robin Ortiz, medical student organizer for the conference.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Optional morning fitness sessions starting at 7:30 a.m.

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, Ill. 60513


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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.