A half-day symposium designed to bring people together who are dedicated to improving the human condition and using their medical training to care for people from different cultures, backgrounds, and histories. The intention of the symposium is to acknowledge and honor the fact that many clinicians and patients have innate wisdom, personal experiences, and training that do not fit into any single system of medicine including Western biomedicine or Tibetan medicine (Sowa Rigpa).
Clinicians and researchers with expertise in promoting health through changes in individualized care, mind-body healing, and end- of-life care will participate in the symposium with the goal of sharing their perspectives.
Using Western and Tibetan Medicine as examples of different systems of medicine, we will explore factors that enhance or interfere with the integration of disparate medical models with the overall goal of improving healthcare. The focus will be on identifying ways to improve outcomes while acknowledging patient values and preferences.