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Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds on Pandemic Era Personal and Institutional Well-being: How to Bolster Our UCSF Response

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:00am to 9:00am

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Elissa Epel, PhD, will present on "Pandemic Era Personal and Institutional Well-being: How to Bolster Our UCSF Response."

To receive CME/CEU credit, you must certify your attendance by completing the event evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the mental health impact of the COVID pandemic
  • Describe the difference between toxic stress and hormetic stress
  • List 3 things that an institution can do to prevent burnout and promote institutional resilience

Elissa Epel, PhD, is a professor and vice-chair in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. She is the director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center, associate director of the Center for Health and Community, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases UCSF Nutrition Obesity Research Center. She is an affiliate of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and co-chair of the Mind and Life Institute Steering Council. She studies psychological, social, and behavioral processes related to chronic psychological stress that accelerate biological aging, with a focus on overeating and metabolism, and the telomere/telomerase maintenance system. She and her colleagues develop and test interventions that combine behavioral, psychological, and mindfulness training. Currently, they are testing short-term interventions to improve stress resilience and physiological homeostatic capacity and to slow aging, and are developing an intervention to promote climate crisis action and mitigation of carbon use. She is involved in UCSF efforts to improve emotional well-being, such as helping create resources at

CME Disclosure Statement:

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

CME/CEU Information:

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.

A variety of healthcare boards and licensing bodies may accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward their requirements for professional standing. This may include nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, and social workers. Check with your professional organization to ensure that AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ meets the continuing education requirements of your profession.

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).

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