On Friday October 4th, 2019, the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) along with integrative medicine leaders from across the country came together to celebrate and reflect on its quarter century of progress, learning, and continued commitment to the field of integrative medicine. The health summit, entitled Envisioning Healthcare for All, brought together pioneers and visionaries in the field and served as a foundation for future innovation.
Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person--including body, mind, lifestyle, community, and spirit. It underscores the importance of the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and uses all appropriate healing modalities to help patients achieve optimal health. UCLA has been one of the key innovators, championing this new health model with the CEWM.
The excitement was palpable as the attendees filled the UCLA Luskin Conference Center to hear inspiring stories about how this new model of medicine has revolutionized health systems across the country. Among those in attendance included Dr. Wayne Jonas (former CEO of the Samueli Institute), John Weeks (Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM)), Dr. Shelley Adler (Director of the Osher Center at UCSF), Dr. Gene (Rusty) Kallenberg (Director of integrative medicine at UCSD), Dr. Kirsten Tillisch (Director of integrative medicine at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs hospital), Dr. Elizabeth Ko (Director of the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative), and Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer (Founder of the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota).
The summit kicked off with Dr. Ka-kit Hui, Wallis Annenberg Professor in Integrative East-West Medicine and Founder and Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine at the Department of Medicine of the David Geffen School of Medicine., who passionately shared his experience and journey in developing the CEWM. Dr. Hui spoke optimistically about the excitement that lies ahead for Integrative Medicine at UCLA and globally for the next 25 years. Dr. Hui’s vision is to transform East-West Medicine from “a clinic of last resort to a new innovative care model integrated into healthcare systems and all segments of society that can benefit people, families, and communities.”
Johnese Spisso, the president and CEO of UCLA health, subsequently spoke about the importance of the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative. The Collaborative is a new initiative for the hospital and healthcare system to centralize and promote integrative medicine at UCLA. Its goal is to improve access to integrative medicine, perform high quality evidence-based research, and advocate for complementary services.
Dr. Wayne Jonas then shared inspiring clinical stories about how integrative medicine has helped many of his patients. He encourages physicians to move away from the standard SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) note which addresses the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, to a holistically oriented HOPE (Healing Oriented Practices and Environment) Note which is a patient-guided process designed to optimize healing. This new method brings an integrative approach to a medical visit by discussing lifestyle, social determinants, stress management, purpose, and complementary practices. He ardently concluded that we cannot afford to practice medicine in this current model, stating that the future should be focused on integrative health promotion.
A panel discussion led by John Weeks was then held to create an open dialogue for integrative medicine. Experts from UCLA, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, University of Minnesota, and the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs shared their respective integrative medicine models. Best practices were shared to help create sustainable and healthy systems. In addition, there was discussion of creating a UC-wide collaborative for integrative medicine.
Dr. Mary Jo Krietzer concluded the summit with thoughts on the future of integrative medicine as healthcare shifts from a fee-for-service model to a value and outcome-based model. She highlighted the importance of promoting the quadruple aim of healthcare, which includes optimizing the patient experience, improving population health, keeping healthcare costs low, and improving care team well being.
The summit was a celebration of the 25 years the CEWM has been part of UCLA and a charge for the future of integrative medicine. It is an exciting time to be in the rapidly expanding realm of integrative medicine and health.
CEWM wishes to thank all who came out to support the 25th anniversary and give special thanks to all our donors who make the Center a reality. We are excited for the next 25 years of innovation in the field of integrative medicine and health!
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