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Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds on "Decolonizing Medicine through Two-Eyed Seeing: Indigenous Philosophies of Wellbeing", presented by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8am to 9am

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England. He continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. He is interested in the relation of healing through dialogue in community and psychosis. Lewis currently teaches with the family medicine residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, where he does inpatient medicine, outpatient precepting, and obstetrics. He works in consultation-liaison psychiatry at EMMC and also at Acadia Hospital. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His primary focus has been upon Cherokee and Lakota traditions, though he has also explored other Plains Cultures and those of Northeastern North America.  His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. His current interests center around psychosis and its treatment within community and with non-pharmacological means, narrative approaches to chronic pain and its use in primary care, and further developing healing paradigms within a narrative/indigenous framework.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to relate the origins of the concept of two-eyed seeing and to define the concept.

  • Participants will be able to list three differences between indigenous philosophies of health and disease and biomedical thought.

  • Participants will be able to define the concept of epistemological genocide and give two examples.

This event is eligible for CME/CEU credit. To receive credit, complete the event evaluation at:

Accreditation Statement:

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians and allied health professionals.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This credit maximum reflects all Osher Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds to be offered in Fiscal Year 2021. UCSF designates each live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Acupuncturists: This live activity is approved by the State of California Acupuncture Board for 1 hour of Category 1 CE course credit (provider number 1377).

CME Disclosure Statement:

Planners: Shelley Adler, PhD; Selena Chan, DO; Anand Dhruva, MD; and Sarah Patterson, MD have no relationships to disclose.

Speaker: Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD has no relationships to disclose.

Additional CME information is available here.

Event Details

  • Hoang Thanh Tran Pham
  • Selena Chan, D.O.

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