East Meets West: Mindful Medicine Conference
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Doctors from the United States met Tibetan medical practitioners at the conference East meets West: Mindful Medicine, which was held to a platform for a mutual learning. The conference included visits to Delek Hospital and Men-tse-khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute which gave the doctors from the US the opportunity to interact with the medical practitioners there and explore the work they do. Delegates also visited the Jampaling Home for elderly people where they were able to observe firsthand the care provided to residents.
Over 20 doctors and nurses took part in the three-day conference which took place in Ahimsa Hall in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala. The conference was opened with an address by Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, Mindfulness in Integrative Medical Practice -The Mind and Body Connection.
Speakers for the conference included Dr Tsetan Dorjee, the Chief Medical Officer of Delek Hospital and Personal Physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who spoke on Holistic Integrative Medicine - The mind Body Connection. Dr Parveen Sharma, Prof of Pharmacology Coordinator of palliative care at the government medical college and hospital in Kangra gave a talk on the Emerging Palliative Care Situation in India and Geshe Lhakdor, Director of The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives spoke on Buddhist perspectives on death and dying - The Mind Body Connection, Disconnection and Reconnection. Dr Tenzin Desel of Delek Hospital spoke on Aging and End of life care in the Tibetan Community and Dr Tenzin Yeshi from Men-tse-khang spoke on Traditional Tibetan Medicine and the Science of healing.
The doctors from west included Dr Sara Arguello, a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr Kevin Dischert, a senior fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Centre in New Orleans and Dr Jonathan Nussdorf, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Ochsner Medical Centre in New Orleans, who gave a talk on tuberculosis as well as doctors from the Louisiana Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organisation. Dr Christopher Blais of Ochsner Medical Centre in New Orleans gave a talk Overview of Hepatitis B Viral Infection.
The conference was jointly organised by Lha Charitable Trust, Tibetan Delek Hospital, Louisiana Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organisation and the Louisiana Himalaya Association. The organisers look forward to organising more of such events in the future.
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