It seems that no matter where you turn these days, people are talking about integrative and collaborative medicine as part of the current health care debate. In keeping with this, the theme for the 2009 Pacific Symposium is "Collaboration: Oriental Medicine in the Integrative Health Care Setting."
The symposium, to be held Nov. 5-8 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego, will be featuring sessions on each of the days on this very topic. Thursday, Nov. 5, will be an oncology panel discussion, and Friday's panel will discuss pain management. Saturday's panel will tackle the issue of wellness, and Sunday will wrap up with a discussion of cardiology.
In addition to these special panel discussions on integrative medicine, there will be other featured presenters. Dr. Jake Fratkin, who writes "The Herbalist's Corner" column for Acupuncture Today will be speaking on Friday, Nov. 6 on the topic of "Evaluation and Treatment of Adrenal Fatigue with Chinese Medicine, Part I." Dr. Felice Dunas, author of AT's "Musings from a Senior Practitioner" column, will be talking on Saturday, Nov. 7, on the topic of "Sexuality and Happiness Practices in OM, Parts 1 and 2." She will also be participating in the wellness panel that day. There will also be a pre-symposium oncology workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 4, led by Jeffrey Yuen, LAc. Mr. Yuen has the distinction of being the only non-MD acupuncturist on the faculty for the American Association of Acupuncture Physicians. Finally, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, who writes AT's Facial Acupuncture column, will be featured on a special two-day post-symposium workshop (Nov. 9-10), speaking on the topic of "Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal: Catching a Wrinkle in Time."
The symposium is offering attendees up to 58 CEUs for NCCAOM, CAB and Florida. In addition, CDs of the sessions will be available at a later date.
There will also be an exhibit hall featuring more than 70 exhibitors offering their various products and services. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for vendors.