The UNM School of Medicine and Borders Books and Music will co-sponsor a public forum and book-signing event October 4 by nationally known physician and author, Andrew Weil, M.D. Ticket sale proceeds from Weil's lecture, "Eating Well for Optimum Health," will benefit the UNM School of Medicine Section of Integrative Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine. Forum tickets, priced at $35 and $55, can be purchased by calling (505) 272-5112.

Weil will also be the keynote speaker during the School of Medicine's first annual "Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professions in the Land of Enchantment" (SIMPLE) Conference to be held at the Albuquerque Hilton on October 3-5. Weil's address will be "The Future of Medicine."

The School of Medicine's Section of Integrative Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine was created in 2001 as a comprehensive primary care system emphasizing wellness and healing of the whole person. The knowledge and use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is an important aspect of Integrative Medicine.

Borders Books and Music has pledged to support the symposium by donating to the UNM School of Medicine Section of Integrative Medicine 15 percent of all book sales made during the course of the three-day day conference.

The SIMPLE conference's goal is to improve communication between providers and their patients and between western physicians and CAM providers. The focus of speakers from across the country will be to identify ways be which medical professionals can apply research methods, educational approaches and clinical techniques of integrative medicine to improve medical education and health care delivery.

The three-day Conference will focus on the healing tradition of New Mexico, including historical histories of Native American, Hispanic, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. A panel discussion of Models of Integrative Care in New Mexico will look at complementary practices. Speakers will also address integrative medicine research being done in a number of areas.

Additional information about the conference can be obtained by calling the UNM Office of Continuing Medical Education at 272-3942 or by visiting their web address at http//hss.unm.edu/cme, or http://hsc.unm.edu/cme/SIMPLE/SIMPLEIndex02.htm.
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322