Hi SIM General Members! 

 Are you looking for an opportunity to be involved in SIM? Then become a Compassion in Healthcare Class Coordinator by contacting Tram Huynh ( huynhdangntram@gmail.com) by February 24th. The class will be offered in Spring 2013. It will be a for-credit, pass/no pass course for the students in the class. 

As a coordinator, you will not get credit unless you enroll and complete the assignments. However, you will: 
 1. Network with professors and healthcare professionals. 
 2. Meet/Get to know Health Professionals from a variety of fields 
 3. Play a crucial role in SIM. 
 4. Learn about the importance of Compassion and Empathy in healthcare In previous years, class coordinators had the following responsibilities: coming up with lecture topics, staying in contact with speakers, keeping attendance, creating surveys, planning gifts for speakers, write a syllabus, and attend amazing lectures. To learn more about how the class will be structured, see the sample syllabus from a previous year below. We really need help making this class a success!

Please contact me by February 24th to get involved! (huynhdangntram@gmail.com

Attached below is a previous syllabus 

SYLLABUS BIO 92: Compassion in Medicine Spring 2011 Course Goals and Objectives The Association of American Medical Colleges states that medical schools are obligated to educate physicians who “must be compassionate and empathetic to care for their patients.” Empathy is a quality that can be cultivated through education. In a healthcare setting, studies have shown that empathy is correlated with good clinical characteristics such as dutifulness, good attitudes towards elderly patients, better clinical skills in history taking and physical examinations, reduction in malpractice litigation, higher patient satisfaction, better therapeutic relationships and positive clinical outcomes. However, studies have also shown that the erosion of empathy and compassion is evident during medical education and clinical training. Therefore, early premedical education is imperative to both cultivate compassion and to prevent the erosion of empathy. (See notes below). The goals of this class are to: 
 • cultivate compassion and empathy in future healthcare providers;
 • provide positive role models in the community of health professionals that demonstrate empathic communication and compassion in healthcare; 
 • nurture an environment for candid discussions about compassion and empathy; • promote humanism in healthcare. These goals will be accomplished through engaging speakers from different disciplines in healthcare who will present their unique experiences and viewpoints about the critical importance of compassion in healthcare. Class Structure: 1 unit P/NP This course consists of a series of ten lectures, one each week, conducted by various professionals. Each class meeting is comprised of a formal lecture-style presentation with a discussion or question/answer session at the end. Students are encouraged to participate and interact with the speakers. Important: Community members are welcome to attend the lectures if seats are available but only those UCI students who are enrolled in the class will be entitled to receive course credit. Evaluation for this course will be based on 3 factors: (1) Attendance at least 8 of the 10 lectures 
 • Undergraduate students are required to sign an attendance sheet at the beginning and end of class. 
 • Two tardies are equivalent to one absence. A tardy is considered coming to class 15 minutes after the lecture starts or leaving 15 minutes before it lconcludes. (2) Completion of the EEE survey for each lecture attended 
• Undergraduates must complete aEEE survey within 72 hours of attending each lecture to receive full credit for attendance. Failure to complete the EEE survey will be considered an “absence”. (3) Completion of a Course Evaluation Form at the end of the quarter 
 • The course evaluation form will be administered online in the same format as the EEE surveys. Students will have 1 week to complete this survey at the end of the quarter. 
 • There will be no exams and no formal papers required for this class. There are no required course books for this class but there might be occasional handouts or suggested readings.

To access the survey, login to EEE and click on the “Survey” link under BIO 92 on your MyEEE page. For more information and step-by-step instructions, visit: https://eee.uci.edu/help/student/survey/ SPEAKER TOPIC Week 1 3/29/11 Martha Sosa-Johnson, M.D. Internal Medicine Faculty Director, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement Introduction to compassion in clinical care Week 2 4/5/11 Aaron Kheriaty, M.D. Director, Psychiatry and Spirituality Forum Psychiatry & Human Behavior Assistant Clinical Professor The nature of the doctor-patient relationship Week 3 4/12/11 Wadie Nam, M.D.,M.S.E.d. Family Medicine Medical Director, Susan Samulei Center for Integrative Medicine Holistic Medicine- rediscovering the soul of healthcare Week 4 4/19/11 Roger Walsh, M.D.,Ph.D Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Anthropology and Philosophy The Art & Science of Cultivating Compassion Week 5 4/26/11 Lauren Mosqueda M.D Professor of Clinical Family Medicine Director, Program in Geriatrics, Ronald Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics “I’m a busy doctor…there’s not enough time to be compassionate!” Excuse,Fear, or Opportunity Week 6 5/3/11 Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D Professor Director, Program in Medical Arts and Humanities Caring for Self as Well as Patients: Cultivating Resilience to Burn-out and Compassion Fatigue Week 7 5/10/11 *time change 6:30-7:50/Location TBD Public Forum co-hosted by UCI psychiatry and Spirituality Forum Role of Compassion in medicine from various religious perspectives Week 8 5/17/11 Geeta Gupta, M.D Professor, Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Medical Director, AIDS Education and Training Center The changing face of HIV Week 9 5/24/11 Patient Panel Previous/current patients with terminally ill disease speak about their experiences Week 10 6/1/11 Dr. Ronald Koon, M.D. Clinical Professor, Radiation Oncology & Medicine(Ethics) Our Communication: How it Affects Health and Healing of OThers This course was conceptualized and developed by Douglas Cheung and Bethel Mesgana in consultation with members of the UCI faculty and the UCI Medical School as part of the XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship. For more info, visit www.vcsa.uci.edu/dalai lama. We would like to express our deep appreciation to each of our honored speakers for agreeing to participate in Compassion in Medicine. NOTES: 1 Taylor MB. “Compassion: its neglect and importance.” The British Journal of General Practice. 1997;47(421):521. 2 Hojat M., Vergare MJ., Maxwell K., et al. “The Devil is in the Third Year: A Longitudinal Study of Erosion of Empathy in Medical School.” Academic Medicine. 2009;84(9):1182. 3 Spiro H. “What is empathy and can it be taught?” Annals of Internal Medicine. 1992;116:84-846. 4 Spencer J. “Decline in empathy in medical education: how can we stop the rot?” Medical Education. 2004;38:916-918. 5 Pence GE. “Can compassion be taught?” Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983;9(4):189. 6 Lu MC. “Why it was hard for me to learn compassion as a third year medical student.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 1995;4:454-458

 Dear SIM members,

 As promised, SIM is hosting a short hike at an excellent wilderness just
 15 minutes from campus on Saturday, Feb 16th from 10-12 AM.
 The hike will be beginner friendly! Just bring:
 1) A snack if you want one
 2) A hat
 3) sunscreen
 4) dress in layers in case it is cold.
 5) no flipflops - shoes are better, and hiking shoes are best, although it
 is a mellow hike so no special gear is necessary.

> Here is a map to the parking area for the trailhead. It is free parking on
> the street.

> http://goo.gl/maps/1i5gH

> To RSVP and for carpool details, please email simucirvine@gmail.com with
> your name, whether or not you have a car, and your telephone number for
> ease of coordination. We will meet at the UCI flagpoles at 9:40 AM for
> carpooling.

> See you soon!
> Priel
Students for Integrative Medicine's next General Meeting is Monday, Feb 4th from 5-6 PM. Humanities Hall 100

We will be talking about upcoming events and how you can get involved. Also, Priel, a 5th year MD/PhD student and President of SIM, will be giving a workshop titled: "Evidence Based Integrative Medicine: How do I know if this herb/yoga/massage/remedy is Safe and Effective?" We will explore today's most cutting edge databases so that you know whether your complementary or alternative medicine is safe and effective. 

 See you there!
SIM Board
Hi SIM members, 
Please see the invitation below and register today for a free conference at UCLA for Integrative Medicine. Contact Priel Schmalbach (SIM president) for carpool coordination (pschmalb@uci.edu). See you there! 

Hello Students for Integrative Medicine at UCI, Our names are Josephine Nguyen and Vivian Lam, and we are Co-Presidents of the student group Nutrition, Complementary, & Alternative Medicine (NCAM) at UCLA. We cordially invite you to join us in the *Annual Conference for Integrative Medicine at UCLA* and would love if you could spread the word among the members of SIM at UCI who may be interested in such an opportunity. We strongly encourage students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field or in learning about integrated health and wellness to attend. With the growing cost of healthcare and increasing demand for preventative and patient-centered care, it is important for future healthcare professionals to be aware of effective and safe integrative approaches in both healing and wellness. The Annual Conference for Integrative Medicine presents the perfect opportunity to learn about the role of Integrative Medicine (IM) in transforming modern medicine, meet experts in the field, and experience integrative healing methods first-hand. The Conference will be held on* Saturday, February 2, 2013* at the *Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium on UCLA Campus* from *9:00 am - 3:00 pm*. Featured speakers include John Weeks of *The Integrator Blog*, Dr. Ka-Kit Hui from the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, and Ping Ho, founder of the UCLA Arts and Healing Center. Other features include panels about IM in the clinical setting, IM research and policy, and creative arts therapy in the community. Also registration is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided! For more information or to register, please visit us at: http://exploreim.ucla.edu/events/annual-conference-for-integrative-medicine. We encourage you to register as soon as possible as seats are filling up fast. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your time. 

 Best regards, Josephine & Vivian NCAM Co-Presidents nutritioncam@gmail.com

I just wanted to inform everybody about SIM's upcoming event, IM Week! Information for the event can be found below. IM Week will be hosted from 1/22/13 to 1/24/13. Sign-ups for some events are limited so please check the pdf below for events you may wish to attend.

Here is a link to sign up for the events: https://eee.uci.edu/signupsheet/imweek2013

Also check out the event on Facebook and share it with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/226205717514214/
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Hi SIM members! 

 Today we are having our second meeting of the quarter. 

Please come if you can make it! When: Monday, Nov 19th, 5 - 6 PM Where: Steinhouse Hall, room 128 (Here it is on the map: http://www.classrooms.uci.edu/gac/SH.html) The general meeting will start out with a 20 minutes update for SIM. Then, we are honored to host Dr. Shin Lin, who will talk to us about: "Careers in Integrative Medicine" Here is a brief bio for Dr. Lin: *Shin Lin, Ph.D.* - Dr. Shin Lin is a Professor in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology and Department of Biomedical Engineering, a faculty member in the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, and Co-Director of the Integrative Medicine Elective at the UCI. Following two dozen years as faculty member and then Chairman of Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, he came to UCI in 1997 to serve as Dean of the School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Lin’s research interests are in the application of hi-tech approaches to study the physiological and bioenergetic changes associated with the mind-body practices and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies. In 2008, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lin is currently holds the position of Visiting Professor at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, permanent Co-Chair of the World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a member of the editorial boards of *Chinese Medicine *and *Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. * We look forward to seeing you! SIM Board simucirvine@gmail.com

Hi Everyone! 

This coming Monday the Students for Integrative Medicine (SIM) are having our second meeting of the quarter. Please come if you can make it! When: Monday, Oct 29, 5 - 6 PM Where: Steinhouse Hall, room 128 (Here it is on the map: http://www.classrooms.uci.edu/gac/SH.html) We will be talking about our upcoming events for the first half and will be hosting a Yoga in Healthcare session during the session half. (Background, breathing and posture, workshop). We look forward to seeing you! 

SIM Board

Come one, come all to the first SIM General Meeting of fall quarter. Here you can learn more about Integrative Medicine and how you can get involved with our club.

When: Monday, Oct 1, 5 - 6 PM
Where: Steinhouse Hall, room 128 (Here it is on the map: http://www.classrooms.uci.edu/gac/SH.html)

We look forward to meeting you!

SIM Board
We are now in the process of selecting the board for the upcoming year, you can apply at the Join SIM page! We welcome all applications and majors. Applications are due are the beginning of week 9 by 5/29.
Hello Everybody!

A lecture will be given by Christopher V. Flores, MD, a family medicine practitioner from Loma Linda School of Medicine. It is open to students of all majors and interests. If you've ever wondered about how diet, exercise, and stress affect cognitive function -- *ahem* studying for exams -- then this will be a great opportunity to learn and converse with like-minded professionals.

Location: Medical Education Building, 3rd Floor, Colloquium Room (on medical side of campus above the Starbucks)

Time: 5:30-6:30pm, Thursday May 3

Hope all of you can make it!