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May 9 Tibetan Medicine Conference


9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the University Radisson Hotel
Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference: Healing Mind & Body

Co-hosted by the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota and the Center for Spirituality & Healing in collaboration with the Men-Tsee-Khang (MTK), the Tibetan Medical Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India

In 2001, the Center for Spirituality & Healing hosted "The First International Tibetan Medicine Conference" at the University of Minnesota, in connection with the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference brought practitioners of Tibetan medicine from the Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala, India, to the Twin Cities.

The conference was a great success and we thank all who attended and made it possible!
By the end of the conference, participants are able to meet the following objectives involving Tibetan Medicine:

1. Examine the relationship between ethics, spirituality, and healing. 
2. Investigate participants' own unique constitution.     
3. Determine what lifestyle choices to make, based on participants' own constitution.
4. Explain how to heal from the source and develop health through balance.
5. Describe research about Tibetan medicine, as well as propose additional research needed. 
6. Apply teachings of Tibetan medicine personally and professionally.  

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Credit Statements
The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Minnesota designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements for continuing education.  It is the responsibility of the individual nurse to determine if the course fulfills their professional development requirement.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Other Healthcare Professionals who participate in this CME activity may submit their Statements of Attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit.  The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements of acceptable continuing education.

Conference Schedule:

9-9:15 a.m. “Medicine Buddha Mantra” chanted by Ven. Abong Rinpoche and the Gyuto Monks, after which they will begin creating a sand mandala:

9:15-9:30 a.m. “Tashi delek!” Mary Jo Kreitzer, Tsewang Ngodup, and Tsewang Tamdin.

The speakers will welcome everyone and describe the unique collaboration of the Center for Spirituality & Healing, Men-Tsee-Khang, and Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota to create the Tibetan Healing Initiative at the Center for Spirituality & Healing.

9:30-10:15 a.m. "Healthy mind and body: ethics, spirituality, & healing” with Miriam Cameron.

The speaker will explain basic teachings of Tibetan medicine, give an overview of scientific evidence that supports these teachings, and describe the three graduate course sequence that she teaches about Tibetan healing.

10:15-10:45 a.m. Break.

10:45-11:30 a.m. “Living in harmony with your constitution” with Tenzin Namdul.

The speaker will demonstrate a Tibetan medicine consultation by examining the urine of a volunteer, asking questions, and reading the person’s pulse. He will describe the volunteer’s constitution and how to live in harmony with it.

11:30 a.m.-12 noon. “Research: Constitutional Self- Assessment Tool (CSAT)” with Carolyn Torkelson.

The speaker will report research to develop and validate the CSAT; demonstrate how to complete the CSAT; and explain uses for the CSAT in educational, clinical, and community settings.

12 noon-12:30 p.m. Panel with morning speakers, moderated by Susan Haddow.

Practitioners of Tibetan medicine in the audience will be introduced.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch.

Optional round-table dialogue with practitioners of Tibetan medicine.

1:30-2:30 p.m. “Healing from the source and health through balance” with Tsewang Tamdin.

The speaker will explain how to heal and develop optimal health.

2:30-3 p.m. “Research: Lifestyle Guidelines Tool (LGT)” with Susan Haddow.

The speaker will report research to develop and validate the LGT; demonstrate how to complete the LGT; and explain uses for the LGT in educational, clinical, and community settings.

3-3:30 p.m. Break.

3:30- 4 p.m. “Integrating Tibetan medicine into conventional care” with Tsetan Sadutshang.

The speaker will explain the importance of Tibetan medicine and how Tibetan Delek Hospital, an allopathic facility, and the Men-Tsee-Khang collaborate in Dharamsala, India.

4-5 p.m. “Integrating Tibetan medicine into the American Health Care System.

Panel, moderated by Charles W. Bransford, with afternoon speakers and:

-M. Alejandro Chaoul, “Integrating Tibetan Yoga in Cancer Care."

-Georgia Milan, “Integrating Tibetan Medicine into Family Practice.”

-Yangbum Gyal, “Practicing Tibetan Medicine at an Integrative Medicine Center.”

-Charles W. Bransford, "Integrating Tibetan Medicine into Hospice and Palliative Care."

5-5:10 p.m.  "Documentary: Tibetan Healing for Depression." with Aimee Prasek.

5:10-5:25 p.m. “Where do we go from here?” Tsewang Ngodup, Tsewang Tamdin, and Mary Jo Kreitzer.

5:25-5:30 p.m. “Mantra of Compassion” chanted by Ani Pema Tsultim:

5:30-6:30 p.m.  "Sand Mandala Ceremony" Venerable Abong Rinpoche and the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monks will conduct a ceremony to dismantle the sand mandala, with a procession to disperse the sand into the Mississippi River.

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Reception with practitioners of Tibetan medicine.

Conference Faculty:

1.  Charles W. Bransford, MD, Medical Director, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater, MN; board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice/Palliative Care.

2.  Miriam E. Cameron, PhD, MS, MA, RN, Lead Faculty, Tibetan Healing Initiative, and Graduate Faculty, Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota.

3.  M. Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, Assistant Professor, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of General Oncology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

4.  Yangbum Gyal, Practitioner of Tibetan Medicine, graduate of Malho Medical School, Rebgong, Tibet; former faculty at the Men-Tsee-Khang; Medical Director of the Medicine Buddha Healing Center, Spring Green, Wisconsin.

5.  Susan S. Haddow, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota: Medical Director, Community University Health Care Center; Medical Director, Pillsbury House Student-Run Integrated Health Clinic.

6.  Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Founder and Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota.

7.  Georgia Milan M.D., Medical Director, Women's Care Center, St. Patrick Hospital & Health Sciences Center, Missoula, MT; board certified in family practice; involved with construction of Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, Arlee, MT, an international Peace Center and collaboration between indigenous peoples and Eastern/Western cultures. The Garden Project is committed to finding Spiritual Solutions for a Planet in Crisis.

8.  Tenzin Namdul, Practitioner of Tibetan Medicine, graduate of and former faculty at the Men-Tsee-Khang; North American Coordinator for the Central Council of Tibetan Medicine (CCTM); Executive Director of CHOICE: HIV/AIDS Initiative for Tibetan Refugees; full-time student at the University of Minnesota.

9.  Tsewang Ngodup, MD, President, Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota; Faculty Physician, Family Medicine Residency Program, Hennepin County Medical Center; Associate Medical Director, Aseracare Hospice and Golden Living Chateau Health Center in Minneapolis; board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice/Palliative Care.

10.  Aimee Prasek, MA, MA, PhD Student in Nursing, University of Minnesota.

11. Venerable Abong Rinpoche and Monks, Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery, Minneapolis.

12. Tsetan Sadutshang, MD, Visiting Physician for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Chief Medical Officer, Tibetan Delek Hospital, Dharamsala, India.

13. Tsewang Tamdin, Practitioner of Tibetan Medicine, Visiting Physician for His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Director of the Men-Tsee-Khang, Dharamsala, India.

14. Carolyn J. Torkelson, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Medical Director, Women’s Health Clinic; Faculty, Center for Spirituality & Healing; University of Minnesota.

15. Ani Pema Tsultim, Tibetan Buddhist nun, Kagyu Order. Her Root Guru is His Holiness the Karmapa. She is from Sikkim and currently lives in the Minnesota.



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