Physician Heal Thyself: MDs Earn Continuing Education Credit to Learn Yoga Poses
Written by John Weeks, Huffington PostFor patients of integrative medical doctors as well as their more conventionally-minded colleagues, the affirmation of Khalsa's educational program by the American Academic of Family Physicians (AAFP) decision was a breakthrough. Yet the more important impact may be on health care reform measures: the health of physicians themselves, and the ways that mindfulness can shift empathy, teamwork and practice.
Satkarin Khalsa, M.D., has delivered yoga programs for medical doctors for years. This year the director of Alberquerque Integrated HealthMedicine scored a breakthrough. Her doctor students were able to earn continuing medical education credit (CME) for learning how to practice yoga.
Seminars on the science of yoga have earned CME credits for years. The International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, sponsored through a consortium of 51 medical schools, typically has content on yoga research. John Kepner, MBA, the executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, reports that some of his members have courses that offer CMEs.
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