Come one, come all! Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) welcomes acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurses, massage practitioners, medical doctors and experts from around the world to the 20th anniversary of the Pacific Symposium.The four-day event will take place at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 6-9, 2008.
This year's keynote speaker is Ted Kaptchuk, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of more than 100 scientific and medical articles on the topic of traditional Chinese medicine. Perhaps his best-known work is the seminal The Web That Has No Weaver.
Other scheduled speakers and presenters include Giovanni Maciocia, Bill Helm, Rick Gold, Kiiko Matsumoto, Paul Unschuld, Alex Tiberi and Acupuncture Today columnist Bob Flaws. Current practitioners may earn up to 50 continuing education units from varying topics such as: Treating Common Neurological Problems and Severe Paralysis Using Neuro-Acupuncture Techniques; Acupuncture and IVF: How to Understand the Research and Effectively Treat Your Patients; Facial Diagnosis; and Prevention of HPV-Related Cancers With Chinese Medicine.
As always, there will be pre- and post-symposium workshops for practitioners to attend and earn continuing education credits. The one-day pre-symposium workshop, scheduled for Nov. 5, will be on alchemical acupuncture, taught by Jeffrey Yuen. Topics for the Nov. 10-11 post-symposium workshops include Comparative History in Chinese and Western Medicine, by Paul Unschuld; Obstetrics and Gynecology Problems, by Giovanni Maciocia; and Pinpointing the Effective Meridian and Points, by Yoshito Mukaino.
Attendees also can enjoy the popular "Restoration Track," a hands-on series of workshops that provides an in-depth exploration of bodywork and massage. And with more than 70 exhibitors at this year's symposium, attendees have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of products designed to enhance the practice of traditional Chinese medicine.
Additionally, there will be an exhibit hall featuring 73 exhibitors showcasing their goods and services to the profession. Exhibit hall hours will be:
- Friday, Nov. 7; 12-3p.m. and 5-7p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 8; 12-3p.m. and 5-7p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 9; 9a.m.-12p.m.
Students, practitioners, faculty and alumni from around the world come to the symposium each year to learn from TCM experts and meet with some of the most successful practitioners in the field. For more information, contact PCOM at (800) 729-0941, www.pacificcollege.edu or www.pacificsymposium.org.