Time: October 10, 2013 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Location: Albuquerque Academy Simms Auditorium
Street: 6400 Wyoming Blvd.
City/Town: Albuquerque NM 87109
Website or Map: http://www.aa.edu/communityac…
Event Type: free, lecture
Organized By: Albuquerque Academy
Latest Activity: Oct 2
Arti Prasad, MD, to Discuss Current Health System Failings and How Integrative Medicine Can Help Fix the System during Free Lecture at Albuquerque Academy
Prasad is Section Chief of Integrative Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center and is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Life.
Join Albuquerque physician Art Prasad, MD as she explores the failings of our current health system — a system, she says, spends billions of dollars managing the complications of some very preventable diseases, but pays neither the consumer nor the physician for keeping people healthy and promoting healthy life styles. According to Prasad, it is ironic that the focus of medical education and training has followed suit.
“We are not teaching young medical students the basics of being good doctors: the use of nutrition and exercise as medicine, patient coaching and counseling instead of prescribing drugs, motivational interviewing, patient empowerment, and opting for measures that are relatively low cost to patients and society,” she says.
Doctors of the past practiced solo medicine, using many tools from herbs to potions to bloodletting to medications. “They touched people’s lives and involved families, environment, and community in healing patients. They were respected citizens who derived pleasure from their job,” says Prasad. In contrast, she says, present-day doctors have compartmentalized the care of patients within specialties for each and every part of the body. They too have a variety of tools, and unlike those of the past, can ever more deeply probe the body, but can't touch it.
“On the whole, today's doctors are stressed and highly dissatisfied with their jobs. Have we evolved as patients? Sure, we have. Although we want technology to some extent, we also want to go back to our roots — we long for the precious human experience of being really cared for, touched, and healed. Integrative Medicine is beginning to provide the answer for better health for both patients and doctors,” she says.
Prasad is founding Executive Director of the Center for Life and the founding Section Chief of Integrative Medicine at the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center. She is a Professor of Internal Medicine at UNM and holds an adjunct clinical professorship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona.
Prasad grew up in India and has a lifetime of experience with natural, Ayurvedic, and integrative medicine. She practices compassion-based holistic and Integrative medicine. Albuquerque The Magazine has listed her among its top 100 doctors for 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2013.
“Integrate and Conquer: The Future of Health Care” is Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but guests are asked to register in advance at www.aa.edu/communityacademy, in order to ensure sufficient seating.
The lecture is part of Albuquerque Academy’s Fall 2013 Community Academy lecture series.