Child & Adolescent Psychiatry CAM Meeting

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry CAM Meeting

January 26, 2012

From the American Psychiatric Association APA CAM Caucus

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry held its recent 2011 meeting in Toronto. The various events pertaining to Integrative Psychiatry are listed below:

Full-day Institute on Complementary & Integrative Medicine entitled “What Do I Need to Know When Parents Ask Me about Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine?” Co-chairs were Scott Shannon, MD & Deborah Smkin, MD. Attendance was well over 100. The syllabus included
o -an overview of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Emmeline Edwards, PhD.
o -Prevalence of CAM, Scott Shannon
o -Ethical issues in CAM, Wayne Batzer, MD
o -Research in CAM, Mark Rapaport, MD
o -CAM treatments for depression in youth, Charles Popper, MD
o -CAM for ADHD, Gene Arnold, MD, M.Ed.
o -Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Captain Joseph Hibbeln, MD
o -CAM for improved mental performance & energy, Deborah Simkin, MD

Meeting for the second year of the AACAP’s newly-appointed Committee on Complementary & Integrative Medicine (CIMED), co-chairs Scott Shannon, MD and Wayne Batzer, MD.
[the following is excerpted from Scott Shannon’s newsletter] Over the last two decades the public interest and utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has continued to build…. The public, not the medical profession, drives the phenomenon of CAM use. … CAM has evolved in the academic arena as well. It is now referred to as Integrative Medicine (IM), a term popularized by Andrew Weil, MD of the University of Arizona. IM centers have sprung up in almost 50 medical schools across the US. These programs have created the Consortium of Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). Last year CACHIM sponsored an international conference on research in IM and drew over 700 people from around the world to Minneapolis. Over 100 medical schools now include CAM curriculum as part of basic medical education. Lead by the University of Arizona, ten CACHIM schools now offer fellowship training programs in IM. Family Medicine was the first residency program to include tracts focused on additional education in IM. Piloted in eight residency programs across the country, this program has become a recruiting tool in the competitive market for quality residents. The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIMH) has certified over 1400 physicians, and 450 physicians attended their 11th annual review course in San Diego. The University of Arizona sponsored the 1st International Conference on Integrative Mental Health in Phoenix this past April and drew over 700 professionals, selling out two months prior.

Meeting of the Special Interest Study Group (SIG) on “Complementary & Alternative Medicine for Children and Adolescents” [which sold out], chaired by Malcolm Roberts, MD.
“Grant Writing Workshop for Complementary and Integrative Medicine” provided guidance for successfully getting funded, directed by Mark Rapaport, Emmeline Edwards, and Deborah Simkin